Hair the color of a clown's wig has helped police just north of New York City capture a burglary suspect.

Police say a resident of Peekskill was startled awake Tuesday by a burglar who escaped with camera and computer equipment. The victim's description of the invader — including hair dyed a very bright red — was sent to neighboring police departments.

Peekskill Lt. Eric Johansen says 21-year-old Eduardo Lazcano got off a bus near his home in nearby Ossining several hours later and his fire-alarm-red hair immediately caught the attention of Ossining police officers.

Lazcano was arrested and charged with burglary and grand larceny. He is being represented by Legal Aid, which did not immediately return a call seeking comment.