Caught in their tracks


Their footprints gave them away.

Chatham-Kent police say they have arrested two men for a spree of rural break-ins.

Officers responded to an alarm at a home on Bates Line Sunday morning about 4 a.m., police say.

The officers arrived to find fresh footprints in the snow leading away from the home.

Police say the officers followed the footprints for about 90 minutes, and recovered stolen property, pairs of gloves and a balaclava along the way.

As the officers caught up to two suspects about four kilometres away from the home, police say one fled into a nearby garage on New Scotland Line.

The man resisted arrest, police say, but was taken into custody.

Investigation linked the men to the entry of several sheds, garages and vehicles in the Bates Drive/Rose Beach Line area, police say.

A 23-year-old Blenheim man, Peter Marsh, faces 11 counts of break and ender, five counts of theft, five counts of possession of stolen property, three counts of mischief, one of trespassing by night, another for resisting arrest and one more for failing to comply with his release conditions.

A 20-year-old Blenheim man, Christian Kerr, is charged with 10 counts of break and enter, five counts of theft, five counts of possession of stolen property and three counts of mischief, as well as one count of trespassing by night.




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