Convicted burglar apprehended by neighborhood residents after recent crime

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Convicted burglar James Wolven (center) being taken into custody on suspicion of burglary.

POUGHKEEPSIE – A city resident was arrested on multiple charges after he was detained by neighborhood residents who suspected him of recent burglaries in the Albany Street area.  The May 10th arrest and charges are related to an incident that occurred on Hoffman Street on Monday; the same neighborhood where he was caught on Tuesday.

Wolven wearing a shirt belonging to the victim of a recent burglary.

Forty-four-year-old James Wolven, a convicted felon, was arrested by police on Spruce Street on Tuesday evening after vigilant neighbors held him on suspicion of several neighborhood burglaries until police arrived.  He was charged with felony burglary, misdemeanor petit larceny, and harassment, a violation.  Wolven has a prior conviction for felony burglary in 2011.

Wolven is suspected of entering a Hoffman Street residence illegally on Monday and spending several hours there, including eating the tenant’s food, showering, and using the tenant’s razor to trim his beard.  When the tenant came home and was attempting to enter the residence, the suspect confronted him and shoved him prior to fleeing the dwelling.

On Tuesday evening, a friend of the victim spotted a man matching the description provided, walking down Whinfield Street, wearing an identifiable article of clothing taken from the Hoffman Street residence.  A second person in the neighborhood began driving through the area, attempting to locate the suspect.  The man also alerted several other neighbors that a suspected burglar was walking around the area.  A short while later the neighbors located the man on Spruce Street and held him until police arrived.

The Hoffman Street victim was brought to the scene and positively identified Wolven as the man that had been in his apartment.  Wolven was taken into police custody and held overnight at the station pending his arraignment on Wednesday morning in the City of Poughkeepsie Court.