HAZLE TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) – Police say a damning clue led to the arrest of a Pennsylvania man charged with stealing a pot of meatballs – red sauce smeared on his face and clothes.

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Authorities in Luzerne County have charged 48-year-old Leahman Glenn Robert Potter with burglary, criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking for allegedly swiping a pot of meatballs from a man’s garage on Monday.

Police say the victim reported his meatballs missing and told officers at around 2:30 p.m. Monday that he saw Potter standing in front of his house with red sauce on his face and clothes. The pot was found on the street.

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It’s unclear if Potter washed the sauce off before he was arrested a short time later.

Potter’s attorney did not immediately respond to a voicemail seeking comment.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.

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