A Dayton, Ohio, man was charged with grand larceny Tuesday after he was caught by a deputy breaking into a vehicle on Hilton Head Island.
He left a trail of blood behind, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report.
Markus Harris, 39, was charged with grand larceny of between $2,000 and $10,000 after he was spotted by a deputy going through a vehicle parked at New York City Pizza on Pope Avenue around 7:40 p.m., the report said.
Deputies already were on the lookout for a man matching Harris’ description after multiple vehicles were broken into at Aunt Chilada’s restaurant when they spotted Harris open the door to a black BMW SUV.
When a deputy asked him to whom the vehicle belonged, Harris allegedly said it was his aunt’s, though he could not say where his aunt was.
Harris’ thumb was bleeding, and there was blood on the driver’s seat, the report said.
The vehicle owner, who arrived shortly after Harris was confronted by deputies, said he had gone into the pizza restaurant to place an order moments before the break-in.
As Harris was arrested, deputies found a Colorado driver’s license and a passport that belonged to a woman, a second driver’s license and debit card belonging to someone else, a Michael Kors change purse with loose change inside and several gift cards from different stores.
They also found a pocket knife and a multi-tool.
Deputies collected blood from the vehicle and Harris for evidence.
As he was placed in a patrol vehicle in handcuffs, Harris said he did not break into any cars, and that they were all unlocked, the report said.
“(Harris) said he was only taking people’s ‘petty stuff’ to include loose change,” a deputy wrote. “(Harris) stated how people were ‘slipping’ by leaving their vehicles unlocked.”
He was taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center where, as of Wednesday afternoon, he remained confined on a $33,024 bond.