Footprints in Snow Lead Police to Suspected Car Vandals


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PERRY TOWNSHIP, Lake Co. — Footprints in the snow led police to two teenagers who admitted to stealing numerous items from 10 to 20 vehicles early Friday.

According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the Norway Drive area of Perry Township to reports of vehicles being entered and items stolen. A resident told police his unlocked vehicle had been rummaged through.

When deputies arrived, they found footprints in the freshly fallen snow. They led to numerous vehicles on Norway, Laburnum, Larchview and Redwood drives. Deputies were able to track the prints to a home, where they stopped beneath a window.

It was believed the suspects exited the residence through the window and entered back through the same window.

Deputies made contact with a resident in the home, who said their 15-year-old son and his cousin were in the bedroom to which the prints were leading.

Both juveniles admitted to entering the vehicles and stealing numerous items, along with entering vehicles the preceding night in Painesville Township. Police say the stolen property was also recovered.

Police say criminal charges will be filed against both juveniles.

Deputies say the two only entered vehicles that were left unlocked, and that residents should always keep their cars locked and secured.

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