Cornelius McRae

Cornelius McRae, 23, was detained by police after attempting to flea the scene of a burglary in Columbia by hiding in a Dumpster. (Provided by Howard County Police)

A Baltimore man has been charged in a string of December home burglaries in Ellicott City, according to Howard County Police.

Cornelius Antonio McRae, 23, of Baltimore, has been charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft and assault. He was arrested on Jan. 6 near the 81000 block of Tamar Driver in Columbia after police learned a burglary had been committed in that  area.

McRae faces charges in connection with three residential burglaries Dec. 1 in Ellicott City – in the 9800 block of Madeline Court, 3700 block of Grosvenor Drive and 3800 block of Grosvenor Drive – and the Columbia incident.

Police said items stolen in the incidents included laptops, Apple products, wallets, purses, credit cards and money.

Investigators identified McRae as a suspect using pawn store records and by tracing fraudulent use of stolen credit cards to one area of Baltimore.

Police determined McRae had been driving a stolen 2013 Honda Pilot. On Jan. 6, police observed the car on Tamar Drive, shortly before learning of a residential burglary in the neighborhood.

Police observed McRae approach the car holding a pink purse, which had been reported stolen. As officers approached McRae, he ran.

Police were able to locate McRae in a nearby Dumpster. The pink purse and credit cards were found inside the Dumpster.

During the arrest, McRae resisted and injured an officer's hand.

McRae is being held on $300,000 bond in the Howard County Detention Center.