http://www.palmbeachpost.com/local_...eblog/entries/2007/01/11/homeowner_catch.html Home > Behind The Yellow Tape > Archives > 2007 > January > 11 > Entry Homeowner Catches Burglar, Breaks His Nose By Stephanie Slater | Thursday, January 11, 2007, 02:58 PM Michael Pease apparently picked the wrong house to break into Friday afternoon. The 21-year-old suburban Boca Raton man wound up with a broken nose and busted lip when Pat Scibelli came home and found Pease rummaging through his things. Here’s what Scibelli, 53, said went down: After shopping at Wal-Mart, he and his wife returned to their Palmetto Pines home west of Boca Raton, parked the car in the garage and opened a door that leads to the kitchen. The refrigerator door was open. All the kitchen cabinets’ doors were open. Scibelli walked into the house and saw a guy wearing latex gloves, a white tank top, shorts and flip flops walk through the door to his office. “He went to push me and I hit him in the face as hard as I could and broke his nose,” Scibelli said. He and Pease tussled, breaking the office door and falling to the floor of the family room. They wrestled their way onto the patio, knocking over furniture and landing in Scibelli’s swimming pool. “He pulled me under the water,” Scibelli said. ” I managed to get his feet and pull him under.” Scibelli then put Pease in a choke-hold and held him there until sheriff’s deputies arrived. Pease had been armed with a knife, Scibelli later learned from deputies, who found it in the pool. He broke into the house using a crowbar to pry open a door off the master bedroom. Deputies found the crowbar in Pease’s JanSport backpack, which also contained Scibelli’s pain medications, sleeping pills, jewelry and a digital camera. He was charged with armed burglary, burglary with assault or battery and possession of burglary tools. The sheriff’s office is investigating another burglary on Scibelli’s street that happened two days prior. Pease happens to live in the same community as Scibelli. He’s out of the Palm Beach County Jail now and under house arrest. Hopfully he decides to arm himself after this.