Washington deputies nab burglary suspects after following footprints in the snow

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Two suspected burglars who “forgot” to cover their tracks were arrested in Washington state over the weekend after deputies followed their footprints in the snow, authorities said.

Deputies responded to a burglar alarm in Tacoma around 2:40 a.m. on Saturday and spotted two suspects fleeing from a house, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said. Two deputies went to check on the home while one kept an eye on the suspects who were running through a field.

The deputies at the home found that a window had been broken on the door to a detached garage and called for a K-9 officer to help search for the fleeing suspects.

“How do you find a burglar in the snow?” the department joked. “Pretty easy, just follow the footprints.”

Deputies and the K-9 followed the two sets of footprints in the snow leading away from the garage to a church parking lot, the sheriff’s department said.

Officials said the first set of footprints led deputies to a dumpster. Deputies called for the suspect to come out but there was no response. Deputies opened the dumpster and found him hiding under a piece of cardboard. He was taken out of the dumpster and arrested without further incident.

Deputies then followed the second set of tracks to a nearby tree that the other suspect had climbed, officials said. The suspect eventually climbed down from the tree and was arrested.

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Both suspects were booked into the Pierce County Jail and charged with second-degree burglary and obstructing a police officer. The suspect found in the dumpster was also charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

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