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Dover Post
  • Footprints in snow lead to burglary suspect

  • Dover Police recovered stolen property and arrested a local man, identified as James Hall, after following footprints in the snow.
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  • Dover Police officers only had to follow a trail of footprints in Wednesday’s newly fallen snow to capture a suspect in a morning vehicle break-in.
    The incident took place at about 3:30 a.m. outside the Frankfurt Bakery at 323 S. Governors Ave., said police spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman. The vehicle’s owner called police to report someone had shattered a passenger side window and stolen numerous items, including a GPS system.
    Police spotted footprints in the snow and found several of the missing items in an alley north of the bakery. At the same time, a police dispatcher provided a description of the suspect, gleaned from downtown surveillance cameras.
    Continuing to follow the footprints, officers were led to a residence on South Governors Avenue; after being let inside, police found the suspect, identified as James Hall, lying on the ground.
    Hall was wearing the black coat and gray hooded sweatshirt described by the dispatcher, Hoffman said.
    A search of Hall’s person led to the discovery of the stolen GPS system. 
    Hall was charged with theft of property valued at under $1500, criminal mischief under $1000, and third-degree criminal trespass.
    He was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on and $810 secured bond.

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