INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A loose-fingered thief left a trail: pennies, dimes and quarters stolen from a house next door, according to sheriff's reports.
Deputies investigating the crime, in the 6400 block of 55th Square, noticed the coins on the ground and began following them, quickly leading to the arrest on Wednesday of Michael Sherman, 25, an unemployed man who is charged with burglary and taking bags of loose change.
Also taken were a pistol, two rifles and a replica Japanese samurai sword.
After his arrest, the unemployed man confessed to the crime and said he sold the guns to purchase the prescription pain medication Dilaudid, according to a sheriff's report,
The case started Wednesday at 7 p.m.,when the caretaker found the inside of the home in disarray and items missing.
Apparently, the rear sliding glass door was pried open.
A 5 a.m. Monday, a neighbor saw several people outside with flashlights apparently looking for something on the ground. Also, a neighbor heard gunfire and saw someone with what appeared to be a gun case.
When detectives arrived, they found the trail of coins going from the crime scene to the front door of Sherman's house in the 6400 block of 55th Square.