Snow helps police track suspect
Published 04/12/2010 | 10:45
A bungling teenage burglar was caught shivering in a bush after leaving a trail of footprints in the snow.
The suspect was caught red-handed after a home-owner spotted him stealing a bicycle from his garage in Sutton, south London.
Police officers followed footprints and a cycle track through several residential streets before noticing that snow had been knocked off a bin as he jumped over it.
The freezing 17-year-old was found in a bush nearby and closer examination of his tracks found sheds in another street had also been targeted.
Snow has proved to be a seasonal gift for crimefighters in Sutton who performed a similar trick during a heavy fall in January last year.
Two teenage burglars were caught carrying a haul of electronic goods after raiding a garage in minus 10C (14F) temperatures and leaving evidence of their escape route.
Inspector Colin Baker, of Sutton Police, said: "This burglar left great big footprints for officers to follow so, despite the difficult weather conditions, officers were able to track him down, following the tracks in the snow."
The break-in took place in Onslow Gardens and tracks were left in Avenue Road, Blenheim Gardens, Clyde Road and Ross Road.
The teenager was arrested on suspicion of burglary and released on bail pending further inquiries.