COLUMBIA, Md. (WUSA) -- Howard County police say they found a man wanted in a string of December burglaries in Ellicott City in a dumpster on Sunday shortly after committing another burglary.
Twenty-three-year-old Cornelius Antonio McRae of Baltimore is accused of going into homes with unlocked doors while all the occupants were sleeping and stealing items such as laptops, wallets, purses and credit cards. McRae allegedly stole from three homes on Dec. 17 in the 9800 block of Madeline Court, the 3700 block of Grosvenor Drive and the 3800 block of Grosvenor Drive in Ellicott City. On January 6, he is accused of stealing from a home in the 8100 block of Tamar Drive in Columbia.
According to police, McRae used some of the victims' credit cards around the same area in Baltimore and pawn records also helped point to him as a possible suspect.
Also, police say, McRae had been driving a stolen Honda Pilot, which some detectives later spotted in the area of Tamar Drive in Columbia on Sunday. Police found out a burglary had just happened in the 8100 block of Tamar Drive and saw McRae walking to the car with a pink purse. Police approached him and McRae ran, according to authorities.
Later, police found McRae hiding in a nearby dumpster. Police say the victim's wallet and credit cards from the Tamar Drive burglary were also found inside the dumpster.
According to police, McRae resisted arrest and injured an officer's hand. He faces four counts each of first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary and theft and one count of second-degree assault.
McRae is being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $300,000 bond.