Footprints in the snow led London police to two men believed responsible for a series of burglaries and break-ins in the city in recent months.
Jeremy M. Morris, 37, and Jason A. Bolin, 35, both of 40 S. Madison Road, are facing receiving stolen property charges after officers followed their tracks home from an overnight break-in at Creamer Metal Products, 77 S. Madison Road, last week.
It was an investigation made easier by snow cover.
A Creamer employee called police about 6:58 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, to say thieves pryed open an overhead door on the factory’s main dock, then climbed through a sliding window into the office. Once inside, the hieves allegedly rifled desks and attempted to break into a vending machine. They took at least two laptop computers, a police report said.
Two sets of tell-tale footprints led up to the damaged overhead door.
Officers retraced those steps first to 90 W. First St., then to the South Madison Road residence. A search of the home turned up the missing laptops, as well as clothing, electronics and jewelry taken in other area thefts.
Police chief Dave Wiseman said some items were hidden inside walls in the home.
Officers confiscated not only the loot, but shoes and boots that matched footprints left in the snow. They also found one crowbar under a sofa and another in the attic, the report said.
The matter remains under investigation, Wiseman said. He added that additional charges are likely.
Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 16 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.