Drunken Man Caught Stealing Liquor Bottles from Clinton Home

A drunken man was caught trying to steal liquor bottles from a Clinton home Sunday, and was charged in a series of burglaries in the area, according to police.

A resident of Brush Hill Road called police at 12:38 a.m. on Sunday to report an intruder inside her home and told police she confronted the man and he fled. Police said they canvassed the area.

About an hour later, another resident on Carriage Drive called police and said someone was in his garage or basement, Clinton Police said.

An officer who was already in the area responded and caught the drunken 23-year-old suspect attempting to leave the home through a broken garage window, according to police.

Samuel Schultz was taken into custody after police found a large bag containing several bottles of alcohol that he was trying to steal from the home, police said.

Police said they determined that Schultz committed both reported burglaries while he was highly intoxicated.

Clinton police said soon afterward they received several new reports of homes and vehicles found burglarized. Police also determined that Schultz had a stun gun on him at the time of the burglary spree, but lost the device when he dropped it at one of the homes.

The stun gun was recovered and seized by police.

Schultz was charged with three counts of first-degree burglary, three counts of third-degree burglary, criminal possession of an electronic defense weapon and multiple counts of criminal mischief and sixth-degree larceny.

He was held on a $46,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 17.

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