Pa. police: Theft suspect left footprints in snow

December 28, 2012 7:29:53 AM PST
Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania say a winter storm that blew through the region enabled them to catch a suspect in a string of car break-ins.

Carbondale police say they tracked down the man through footprints he left in fresh snowfall Wednesday night.

Twenty-three-year-old Thomas Everett Jr. of Carbondale was arrested and charged Thursday with 18 counts each of theft and receiving stolen property.

Officer Jeff Arthur says he became suspicious of footprints he saw encircling a car because the city has been plagued by vehicle break-ins.

He says he followed the trail for more than a mile to the house where Everett was staying. There, police say they found numerous stolen items.

Police say Everett has acknowledged the thefts. It was not clear if he had a lawyer.