Police arrested Devon J. Pruden, of Elmont, who is charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools.
According to the Nassau County Police Department, on Wednesday morning around 8:30 a.m., a 40-year-old woman returned to her Morgan Avenue home and found items that had been in a locked box in her first-floor bedroom strewn around the room.
The items included assorted jewelry and collectible coins.
Police said she then saw a man in the house, and after asking him what he was doing there, she ran to a neighbor's home and called 911.
Pruden was arrested at Custer Street and Caroline Avenue.
Police said items taken from the home as well as a large knife were recovered.
Pruden is scheduled for arraignment Thursday.