According to police, Clay was involved in nine separate thefts since his release last November.
He was arrested about 3 p.m. after officers spotted him near the intersection of MLK and Peyton Road, Chafee said. When Clay saw the officers, he ran into a wooded area and hid behind a home on Burton Road, authorities said.
Police found the man and discovered a stolen credit card that was taken during a vehicle break-in last August, Chafee said.
Clay is charged with six counts of shoplifting, three counts of burglary and one count each of simple assault and theft by taking, according to police.
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