Police caught a thirsty thief after the man left a trail of beer cans from a burglarized liquor store to his walking-distance home.
Police responded about 1 a.m. on May 4 to a burglary alarm at the store Barley, Hops & Grapes on Racetrack Road. Sheriff's deputies arrived to find a broken window and a case of Miller Lite beer lying in the parking lot.
Detectives with the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation were called in to investigate. They canvassed the area, and not far from the broken window they found a torn piece of cardboard from a Miller Lite 30-pack.
Police then found a trail of Miller Lite cans leading from the store in the direction of cottages about 500 feet away.
The pilfered pilsner was spotted behind one of the cottages. Police knocked on the door, and the man they later arrested for the crime, Robert Owen Ray, Jr., fled the house.
It wasn't long before Ray was located nearby in a relative's home, hiding in a bedroom closet, police said.
Ray, 28, is scheduled to face charges of burglary, malicious destruction of property, theft and marijuana possession at a June 1 hearing in Snow Hill District Court. He has a lengthy criminal record of burglary and property destruction charges dating to 2004, according to online court records.