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09/26/2012 05:34 pm ET Updated Sep 26, 2012

Demetrius Jerome Coles Caught Stealing 5 Gallon Water Jug Filled With Cash (PHOTOS)

WASHINGTON -- It should have been clear from the beginning why this would-be heist in Maryland wouldn't work.

A man carrying a transparent five-gallon water jug full of cash was "a sight that would catch anyone’s eye," begins a Prince George's County Police press release, detailing the events that led to Monday's arrest of Demetrius Jerome Coles.

An officer who spotted Coles just before 1 p.m. in Landover stopped to talk to the 19-year-old man. That's when Coles "dropped the jug and ran," according to police.

The jug turned out to contain about $750 in bills and change. Police also discovered what they believe to be a stolen flat-screen TV in a wooded area near where officers also found Coles who, after a short chase, was caught and arrested.

Officers found a home with a front door that had been kicked in not far from where Coles was first seen allegedly carrying his booty. According to police, he faces first-degree breaking and entering, among other other charges.

The Prince George’s County Police Department released Coles' mugshot, as well as photos of the jug, the television and the bashed-in front door:

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