PoliceOne Staff Report (BARNHILL, Ohio) -- Footprints left in the snow were a dead giveaway for deputies investigating the theft of a car battery over the weekend.
Tuscarawas County sheriff's deputies arrested Dustin Bowe, 18 after he confessed to stealing the car battery and a woman's purse, according to the News Reporter.
According to Deputy Chris Douglas, on Dec. 8, a man, whose name was not released, discovered his car battery missing. The man called the sheriff's office, stating that he had noticed footprints and bicycle tire tracks leading to the neighbors' house across the street.
The neighbors told the deputy that their son had a bike, but that he did not come home the night before.
Another Barnhill woman reported her purse stolen from her garage.
Deputy Troy Beckley compared the footprints at both theft scenes and determined that they were made by the same person.
On Dec. 10 deputies interviewed Bowe in his home when he confessed to stealing the battery and taking it to Midvale where he put it into a woman's car.
Police cited the woman for receiving stolen goods and possession of drug paraphernalia, which they found while interviewing her about the battery.
During a second interview, Bowe confessed to the theft of the purse. He lead deputies to a wooded area the woman's house where they found the purse and its contents scattered on the ground.
The only thing not recovered was $50, which Bowe denied taking.
He has been issued summonses for trespassing and theft of the battery, the newspaper said.