Footprints in snow lead to discovery of vehicle break-ins
Thanks to a fresh layer of snow, Peters Township police were able to track footprints early Dec. 17 that went to several vehicles parked in driveways on Little John and King Richard drives, and to an open garage on King Richard, township police said.
The initial call was received at 6:29 a.m. when a resident discovered an entered vehicle on Little John Drive.
Police followed the footprints to an open garage in the 200 block of King Richard Drive. After following the tracks to a neighboring house, police discovered a wallet stolen from the garage on King Richard, police said.
Tracks led to another house on Little John, where another wallet from the King Richard Drive garage was found. Police continued to follow the footprints through a wooded area and back to Little John Drive, where the officer found two locked vehicles, which attempted to be entered, and one unlocked vehicle with the glove box open. Nothing, police said, appeared to be removed from the unlocked vehicle.
Another resident of Little John Drive told police there were footprints in her driveway, but no entry was made to a vehicle.
The garage owner on King Richard told police he heard the garage door go up when his son arrived home late Dec. 16, and while nothing appeared to be missing from the garage, the wallets were stolen from a vehicle, and a retired police officer badge was taken from the dash of one of the vehicles.
Later, police discovered three additional unlocked vehicles on King Richard that were entered with the owners reporting that nothing of value was taken.
Another resident of King Richard Drive called police to say his vehicle was entered, but nothing was missing.
A township public works employee told police he was plowing in the area and that the snow ended about 3:30 a.m. As there was no snow on top of the footprints, police believe the attempted break-ins and the garage burglary occurred between 3:30 and 6:30 a.m.