Police say tracks in snow led to arrest

John Hacker

Jasper police said tracks in new fallen snow led them to a suspect they believe may be responsible for as many as seven burglary cases in the past six months in and around Jasper.

Police Chief Christopher Creekmore said he was not releasing the name of the man who was arrested because the prosecutor's office was still discussing how to charge the 21-year-old male.

Creekmore said the man was responsible for burglaries at a teen center, a church thrift store, Taffner Machine and Welding, Bob Davis Oil Co., and a residence. He also allegedly burglarized a Jasper chiropractic office twice.

Creekmore said computers and electronics accounted for much of the property stolen, although in one case, he apparently stole a bag of candy.

The burglary at Davis Oil was the last in the string, and the suspect apparently walked all around the business, leaving tracks in the snow. When he left, the suspect left footprints all the way back to his home nearby.

Creekmore said when officers entered the home, they found some of the stolen property and the shoes that made the prints.

Creekmore said the Jasper County Sheriff's Department assisted in the investigation.

Carthage Press