A local business was allegedly burglarized by a former employee Sunday morning, police said.

Phillip Giles Womack, 22, reportedly a former Buffalo Wild Wings employee, was arrested and charged with breaking into the business Sunday morning. Also arrested and charged was Ruben Raymond Rivera, 18. The men, both Claremore residents, were each charged with second-degree burglary.

Claremore Deputy Chief of Police Charles Downum said nearly $4,000 was stolen, and it was not difficult to track down a suspect. Police followed a trail of money leading to back to Womack’s apartment, Downum said.

“They (Womack and Rivera) dropped money the entire way. It was like ‘Hansel and Gretel’ following the crumbs. There were bills and money the entire way,” Downum said.

After the business’ owner reviewed surveillance video, he told police he recognized a man on the video as someone fired from the business the day before, police said.

Much of the money has been recoverd, according to police. “The business was able to recover about $3,700 back,” Downum said.

Bond for Womack and Rivera was set at $10,000 each.

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