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Footprints in snow help police find burglar

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at 2:03 p.m.

A burglar was foiled by his own footprints in the snow on Thursday – not just once, but twice, police said.

A 24-year-old woman told police she heard a noise at the front door of her house in the 1700 block of South Erie at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Lt. Doug Nolte said. When she went to check it out, she surprised a man who had broken into her house.

He then left. Officers who responded to her 911 call found footprints in the snow that weren’t hers and followed them to a house in the 2800 block of East Osie, about two blocks away, Nolte said.

He was identified as the man who broke into the woman’s house. As the officers checked the surrounding neighborhood, Nolte said, they noticed footprints with the same distinctive sole pattern as the suspect’s leading to a house in the 1200 block of South Laura.

The resident of that house had returned home to discover it had been broken into and jewelry being stolen, he said. The jewelry remains missing, Nolte said.

The 18-year-old suspect was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of burglary.

Neither the 24-year-old woman nor the 1-year-old daughter who were in the house on Erie at the time of the break-in were hurt, Nolte said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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