A man who police said claimed to be a witness to a Hide-Away Lane burglary early Saturday was later charged with committing the residential break-in.

Nicholas Thomas, 28, of Drumlin Road, faces charges in connection with burglarizing the occupied home after police said that evidence directly linked him to the crime.

The Hide-Away burglary was reported about 7 a.m. Saturday, and officers dispatched to scene reported that an intruder had apparently broken into the home overnight and rifled through drawers on the home's first floor while residents slept upstairs.

The homeowner told investigators that a man had returned a purse taken during the burglary and also said that he had seen another man drop the purse on Hales Road, near Hillspoint Road, as he made his getaway, according to the report.

Police later located the "witness," who they identified as Thomas. After interviewing Thomas, police Detective John Rocke was able to use evidence from the break-in to link the burglary to Thomas, police said. Confronted with that evidence, police said, Thomas confessed to the burglary.

Police said they also found narcotics in the vehicle that Thomas used while committing the burglary.

Thomas was taken into custody and charged with second-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, four counts of third-degree larceny and possession of narcotics.

Bond was set at $20,000 and Thomas was scheduled to appear on the charges May 7 in Norwalk Superior Court.