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SUSPECT IN BURGLARY TRY DOESN'T HAVE MUCH LUCK

A burglar picked the wrong house to try to break into early Friday.

It was the home of Westfield Police Officer Robert Genthner, who ended up struggling with the burglar, who eventually found himself under arrest.

Joe Jones, 22, of Westfield was arraigned on charges of felony burglary and assault and sent to Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 property bond.

Genthner, who was off-duty at the time of the break-in, was injured and is expected to be out of work for a short period of time, police said.

He sustained a torn tendon and broken bone in a finger on his right hand and cuts to the bottoms of both feet after wrestling with Jones.

Genthner told police he was awakened at about 3:50 a.m. to a man screaming outside his home and banging on vehicles. Genthner summoned police.

He said the suspect then entered his enclosed rear entrance and began to kick the kitchen door. The suspect also smashed two window panes.

Genthner was struggling with the man when Westfield officers arrived. After the burglar was subdued, Genthner was taken to Westfield Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was later released.

Westfield police officials expect Genthner's injuries to keep him off the job for at least a few days. He is scheduled to be evaluated by his doctor next week.

Police do not believe Genthner was specifically targeted because he is a police officer but said they have no motive for the incident.

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