Hot sauce leads to burglary suspect

April 18, 2010 at 3:37 PM

MEMPHIS, April 18 (UPI) -- Police charged a Memphis man with aggravated burglary, linking him to the alleged crime by hot sauce stains on his clothes, court documents show.

A man returned to his home on James Road about 1 p.m. Saturday to find the door had been pried open and about $650 worth of belongings stolen, including sunglasses, cologne and a 5,500 watt generator, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported Sunday.

Several bottles of hot sauce were broken against the wall, police reported.

The victim allegedly saw a man, later identified as William Horton, walk across his yard down to a gas station. Horton was followed by the homeowner, who called police, an affidavit said.

Horton was wearing clothes stained by hot sauce when police found him, the Appeal said.

When questioned by police, Horton, who has been arrested numerous times, allegedly said he broke into the victim's house looking for car parts.

Horton faces charges of theft of property between $500 and $1,000 and aggravated burglary. He is scheduled for a court appearance Monday, the Appeal said.

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