Appleton police pull burglary suspect from river

A view of the Fox River near Peabody Park in Appleton, Aug. 4, 2014., in the area where police pulled a burglary suspect from the water earlier in the morning. (WLUK/Chris Bourassa)

APPLETON - Police rescued a burglary suspect from the Fox River Monday morning.

Just after 7 a.m., police say they were called to the 1400 block of Kenilworth Ave. A caller told police she saw a stranger leave her house with a laptop computer.

As police were on their way, another citizen saw the man trying to hide the laptop under his clothes. The citizen followed the suspect and confronted him. The two got into a scuffle, and the man dropped the laptop. The citizen, who was not hurt, called police to tell them where the suspect was.

While searching some woods east of Peabody Park, police saw a man in the river. He was about 75 feet out and was struggling to keep his head above water. Police called the fire department's rescue team, but before the team could arrive, the man went under water. Lt. Dan Weiske and Sgt. Rob Wills then jumped into the river and got him to shore, where emergency workers helped him.

The 36-year-old man was taken to the hospital to be checked out. He was then taken to jail.

The man told police he was homeless.

He has not yet been formally charged in the case.