Police Catch Nursery-Rhyming ‘Gingerbread Man' Suspect

"They call me the gingerbread man. Catch me if u can," he allegedly posted on Facebook

Authorities have caught the "gingerbread man," a Pittsburgh-area burglary suspect who referred to the nursery rhyme in taunting authorities who couldn't catch up to him, sheriff's deputies said.

Police said 25-year-old Heath Emory Miller was trying to hide in the attic of a home where deputies found him on Wednesday.

Emory is wanted on several warrants from burglaries in the Pittsburgh suburbs of West View and Ross Township.

He escaped into the woods Monday after Allegheny County deputies thought they had him cornered.

That night, Miller posted on Facebook saying, "They call me the gingerbread man. Catch me if u can. I'm running as fast as I can."

He wrote another post the next day after police caught his 27-year-old girlfriend, who had been allegedly providing Miller with transportation.

"You gotta be quicker then that lol. Gingerbread man I told y’all [expletives] just leave me alone," he wrote, according to the sheriff's office.

Miller remained jailed without an attorney Thursday.

The gingerbread man is a children's story about a cookie that runs away from those who try to eat him.

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