An 18-year old Mays Landing man was arrested when he was caught red-handed leaving a house that he allegedly broke in to.

Galloway Township Police say they received a 911 call about a man entering a home on E. Cos Cob Drive. When an officer arrived, he spotted Elijah Thomas exiting the home.

Thomas advised police that he had signed himself out of school and was meeting a friend at the residence. During the investigation it was determined that the story provided by Thomas was false. Police also discovered that Thomas attempted to enter the residence as screen doors and windows were tampered with. The homeowner was also contacted and indicated that he had no affiliation with Thomas. Additionally, Thomas was also found in possession of black gloves and an empty backpack.


Thomas was placed in custody and transported to The Galloway Township Police Department. Thomas was charged with criminal attempt burglary and lodged in The Atlantic County Justice Facility in lieu of $20,000 bail.