A patrolling police officer caught a would-be burglar before he could break in to a Lancaster County store. It was around 2:47am when an Easl Lampeter Township officer saw a man dressed in all black clothing behind the Golden Mini Market on the 2200 block of New Holland Pike. The store was closed for the night and when he spotted the police car, the suspect ran and kept running when the officer ordered him to stop.
The suspect was taken into custody in the 2200 block of Porter Way after a brief foot chase. The suspect was identified as Jerry Puryear, 46, of Mount Joy. Police say Puryear had a flashlight, mask, metal hand tool and a portable police scanner on him when he was caught. He is charged with Burglary, Loitering and Prowling at Night and Possessing Instruments of Crime. He is currently in Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.