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