Snowy footprints lead police to cigarette burglary suspects



Posted on January 8, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 8:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The Spokane snow led Spokane Police Department officers to the residence of two burglary suspects.

The officers were able to follow snowy footprints leading to burglary suspects Clayton Kerr, 20, and Caleb Asbury, 19.

The officers began their search for the suspects after Sonnenberg’s Market and Deli at 1528 E. Sprague was broken into early Wednesday morning.

Kerr and Asbury were taken into custody and booked for Second Degree Burglary. A search warrant of their residence led to the recovery of thousands of dollars in stolen cigarettes.

Spokane police responded to an alarm at Sonnenberg’s Market at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Officers followed the snowy footprints to an apartment. They contacted several people inside the apartment and found two people with wet shoes. Officers said they were able to identify the shoes they were wearing as causing the footprints that led away from the burglary.

"Sometimes snow can hinder us because roads are bad, but in this case, we were able to follow the footprints straight to the suspects house, they came out and were wearing the shoes that fit the footprints," said Lydia Taylor with the Spokane Police Department.

Officers reviewed surveillance footage from the business which showed the suspects wearing backpacks exiting the business. They were able identify the two people they had detained as the suspects.

The owner of Sonnenberg’s Market said numerous packages of cigarettes had been stolen in the burglary. Patrol officers wrote and executed a search warrant on the residence to recover the stolen property. They recovered four backpacks containing hundreds of packs of cigarettes.

Security video has a clear image of them busting through and smashing glass. Both men face Second Degree Burglary charges.