RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The recent winter storm helped authorities nab at least two thieves in separate crimes on Saturday in North and South Carolina, officials say.
Iredell County in deputies North Carolina say tracks in the snow helped them find a man who broke into a Mooresville home and then fell asleep.
Sheriff Darren Campbell said in a news release that the homeowner called deputies Saturday after finding that 30-year-old Aaron Goble in his house.
Campbell says Goble ran when the homeowner woke him up. But the sheriff says deputies simply followed his tracks from the back door, over train tracks, through the woods and a few parking lots to a nearby hospital, where Goble was outside smoking a cigarette.
Deputies charged Goble with second-degree trespassing and misdemeanor breaking and entering. He remained at the Iredell County jail Monday afternoon on a $5,000 bond and it wasn’t known if he had an attorney.
Meanwhile, Greenville Police in South Carolina say they followed footprints in the snow to find a man who broke into a car.
They say the incident began when police responded to a suspicious person call at a home in the Parkins Mill area on Saturday morning.
The homeowner took a photo of the suspect on the property and saw him checking the doors of cars in the neighborhood.
Police followed the suspect’s footprints in the snow to four of the carports in the neighborhood.
They then tracked the footprints to Laurel Creek Lane headed towards Laurens Road. Several officers arrived in the area and they found a person who matched the suspect’s description at the Bojangles on Laurens Rd.
Police found the suspect who was in possession of a Garmin GPS. They plugged in the GPS and located the home address of the owner’s residence on Parkins Mill.
They contacted the person at that address and she confirmed she was missing a GPS.
44-year-old Leo Brannon was charged with autobreaking.
— The Associated Press and WSPA-TV contributed to this report