Herald JournalHerald Journal, Dec. 29, 2003

Footprints lead to arrest

By Ryan Gueningsman

Footprints in freshly fallen snow led, literally, to the arrest of a Winsted man, following several car burglaries recently.

Nicholas Theodore Kelley, 18, was charged with third degree burglary after police had followed footprints, matching Kelley's size, from a vehicle that had reportedly been broken into to the apartment building that he was living at, according to a criminal complaint.

Two vehicles at an address on Kingsley Street were broken into Dec. 18, according to the complaint.

Near the two vehicles was a savings bond issued to Kelley, a business card for a probation officer based out of Wright County who had been Kelley's probation officer, and a single set of footprints in the freshly fallen snow.

Kelley had a previous felony burglary arrest and was on probation for that, according to the application for a search warrant to search the apartment Kelley was staying at.

It was also noted in the application that Kelley may have entered other vehicles or buildings.

"Most of the property has been recovered," said Winsted Police Chief Mike Henrich. "Some of it was in his possession, and he told us where the rest was."

Kelley is facing a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, and/or a $10,000 fine.

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