Baltimore County police had little trouble locating the 16-year-old youth suspected of breaking into the home of former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jose Mesa: He drove right past them in Mr. Mesa's car.
After the officers stopped the stolen red 1988 Hyundai Excel, they discovered an Orioles baseball jacket with Mr. Mesa's former number 52 inside and the ballplayer's hat on the alleged thief's head, said Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a county police spokesman.
Mr. Mesa, 26, traded last month to the Cleveland Indians, was scheduled to pitch last night against his former teammates.
The break-in at Mr. Mesa's house in the 800 block of Beaver Bank Circle in Towson was discovered Aug. 1 when the pitcher's wife, Mirla, 33, returned from an out-of-town trip, the spokesman said.