We have our first "footprints in the snow" dumb criminal story of the year! Huzzah! It's the official beginning of winter 'round these parts.
As we've dutifully chronicled in the past, we love nothing more than a criminal who is tracked down by the dogged authorities because they left their traces via footprints in the snow, which leaves cops with the difficult task of simply following the yellow-brick road to their suspect.
According to a report from the department, a resident reported on Saturday that two mountain bikes worth $300 each and $1,400 worth of cordless tools, batteries and chargers were missing from his property. The deputy followed footprints left behind in the snow to a mobile home in the Edgewood Trailer Park.
A check of a storage shed located behind the trailer yielded the two missing bicycles, along with a third BMX bicycle with snow still on its tires. Inside the mobile home, the deputy, while questioning a 45-year-old occupant, noticed chargers and batteries fitting the description of the stolen items. Deputies heard a banging noise from a bedroom and found therein a 25-year-old male wanted on an arrest warrant from the Ashtabula Police Department.
Deputies also found the 18-year-old son of the mobile home’s occupant hiding under a bed, along with three other males — two 17 and one 18 — hiding in the bedroom of the 18-year-old.
Only the 45-year-old and 25-year-old have charges pending from the incident — obstructing business and receiving stolen goods — and the investigation continues into who exactly was the sticky-fingered, heavy-footed bandit that actually made off the with the goods.