EARLY — An Early police officer followed a trail of ashes Sunday that led from the site of a stolen fire pit to an apartment door, where police obtained a search warrant and recovered other stolen items.
    Police obtained an arrest warrant Monday afternoon and arrested Derrick Mackey, 22, on a charge of burglary of a habitation, police said. Police arrested at his home on Orchard Drive without incident.
    According to an email from Early police:
    Early Police Sgt. Steven means responded Sunday to a burglary report in the 100 block of Orchard Drive. The caller said he woke up around 4:30 a.m. to find an open back door, and figured he must not have shut it properly.
    The caller got up later realized several items were missing including food, two cases of water and Gatorade, Xbox controllers and games, shoes, sunglasses, a vacuum cleaner and a fire pit from the back porch.
    Means saw the trail of ashes leading from the back porch to an apartment door across the street. While following the trail of ashes, Means saw a dropped food item in the road.
    Following the trail, officers saw a fire pit sitting on a balcony in plain view. Detective Brandon McMillian responded obtained a search warrant signed by Court-at-Law Judge Sam Moss.
    Officers executed the search warrant at 3 p.m. and found all of the stolen items except for some of the food.
    No one was home when officers executed the warrant.