Former wrestler Thomas Pirkowski Sr. uses moves to stop alleged Toms River car burglar

A father used some old high school wrestling moves to detain a suspected car burglar until police arrived. Thomas Pirkowski Sr., a former wrestler at

Thomas Pirkowski Sr., a former wrestler at Roselle

Thomas Pirkowski Sr., a former wrestler at Roselle Catholic High School, was walking his dog at around 3 a.m. Monday when he spotted a light on inside his Hyundai Elantra (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

TOMS RIVER - A father used some old high school wrestling moves to detain a suspected car burglar until police arrived.

Thomas Pirkowski Sr., a former wrestler at Roselle Catholic High School, was walking his dog at around 3 a.m. Monday when he spotted a light on inside his Hyundai Elantra, which was parked in his driveway.

He walked up to the car and confronted the suspect, William Saal, who allegedly kicked the car door into him in an attempt to get away.

Pirkowski says he stuck his forearm into Saal's neck and said, "Just relax cops are on their way. You're not going anywhere."

The homeowner says when Saal resisted, he used a wrestling move to lock his legs and keep his arm behind his back.

Pirkowski says the wrestling in the car went on for about seven minutes until he laid on the horn, prompting his daughter to come running outside and call 911.

The suspect was allegedly stealing a Dunkin' Donuts gift card, a small amount of cash and some lottery tickets.

Police say the 28-year-old suspect told them he was just looking for a place to sleep. Saal was charged with possession of burglary tools, burglary and theft.

More on this topic

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

An attorney for Hopatcong Officer Nicholas Maresca says 1 Attorney: Officer had no choice but to hit man in bunny suit
Kevin Hodges (right) is accused of killing his 2 Police: Man used cleaver, sword, knife to kill mom, grandmother
Shop Small: Tons of Toys 3 Shop Small: Tons of Toys
Demolition has begun on a Totowa neighborhood that 4 Demolition begins on Totowa neighborhood damaged by hurricane
5 VIDEO: Totowa neighborhood to be torn down

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE