Footprints Lead to Burglary Suspectsemissourian.com
August 17, 2011
Footprints left at the scene of a crime led to the arrest of three teenage boys and the recovery of a "significant" amount of property stolen in two burglaries at the same home.
Investigators obtained evidence after the owner of a home in the 400 block of Perkins Road, in the Anaconda area west of St. Clair, reported a burglary Aug. 2.
The sheriff's office said numerous items were taken from the home including power tools, gym equipment and hunting gear.
Deputies were called back to the home Aug. 15 when a second burglary was reported. During that investigation, deputies found some "unique" footprints left by at least one of the suspects.
While conducting a neighborhood canvass, deputies found similar footprints at a home in the 500 block of Perkins Road and also found a bicycle in plain view that matched one stolen in the earlier burglaries.
That led to the arrest of a 16-year-old boy and the recovery of a significant amount of stolen property. The teen admitted to being involved in the burglary, the sheriff's office said. A 15-year-old boy was arrested at a home in the 700 block of Perkins Road and a 17-year-old suspect was arrested at a home in St. Clair. Additional stolen property was recovered at both residences.
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