A woman hid in her closet as she heard glass breaking and furniture moving in her Near West Side home late Saturday night.
She was home alone at around 10:13 p.m. Saturday night when she heard the doorbell ring multiple times but ignored it, as she wasn't expecting anyone. Once the burglar, who was ringing the doorbell, assumed no one was home, he forced his way into the house, Madison police spokesperson Nicole Schmitgen said in a statement.
Officers who were called to the scene set up a perimeter around the residence and eventually saw the suspect attempt to leave the home. When the man saw police, he ran back inside, attempted to leave the front of the house and was apprehended, Schmitgen said.
The woman remained in the closet until officers were able to clear the home, Schmitgen said.
The suspect told officers he was attempting to steal items from the home to sell and did not plan to harm anyone and had hoped no one was home. He was booked into the Dane County Jail, Schmitgen said. Police did not provide the suspect's name.