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Burglar who possessed heroin fights elderly homeowner, steals gold and silver

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A Monson man who arrived home to a burglar inside his house attempted to restrain him until police arrived, but the suspect was able to get away, police said.

A Butler Road resident arrived home with a friend at about 1 p.m. Wednesday when he noticed a man in his house. He then dialed 911 and attempted to restrain the suspect, who was identified as 31-year-old Michael S. DiDonato, of Feeding Hills.

Although police arrived within three minutes of the call, DiDonato, who was extremely combative with the homeowner, was able to get away from the victim, police said.

Police found DiDonato in the woods nearby the house. He was in possession of heroin and a knife when he was placed under arrest, according to an arrest report.

The caller sustained no injuries and all of the property stolen from the residence, which consisted primarily of gold and silver coins and cash, was recovered on the suspect and hidden near the scene, police said.

DiDonato was charged breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony, larceny from a building, possession of heroin, assault and battery on a person over 65 years old, and assault with intent to commit a felony.

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