Footprints In Snow Lead To Suspects

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Police say they followed a trail of footprints from a burglary scene to a garage, where the found two suspects hiding inside.

Officers had been called to the 1600 block of Sanderson Avenue at 3:30 a.m. Sunday on reports of two juveniles seen trying to break into vehicles. Responding officers found three cars and one home that had been burglarized.

Using the shoeprints in the fresh snow, police walked half a mile to a home on Wooten, and found the two boys in a garage. Their shoes reportedly matched the prints officers had followed from the scene. Police say items reported stolen were found on the boys and in the area they were caught--including a stolen handgun one of the suspects tried to hide from officers.

11 News talked to the family who was first to call police. Mike Cymbal's wife happened to glance out the front window early Sunday morning. She spotted the boys trying to break in to their truck.

"At that point she opened the window and screamed at them, hey what are you doing? And they took off," Cymbal explained. "I did go out and I did see their footprints. I thought that was pretty stupid, I mean really?"

The suspects were charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespass, theft and prohibited use of a firearm. Both were booked into the Spring Creek Juvenile Detention Facility.