Footprints In The Snow Lead To Robbery Suspect Arrest

Monday January 28th, 2013

Posted at 4:30pm

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Just after 2:30am this morning, Windsor Police were called to the 5400 block of Haig Avenue a citizen called them after hearing a car door slam on his driveway and observing a suspect stealing a bag from his neighbours’ vehicle. Police were provided with a description of the suspect.

Police attended the scene and because of a fresh snowfall in the area, they found a single set of fresh footprints in the snow. Police were able to follow these footprints and quickly discovered that they were walking up and down driveways and stopping at parked vehicles in driveways and on the street in the neighbourhood.

They continued to follow the footprints from driveway to driveway and from vehicle to vehicle. As officers continued to follow the footprint trail, a male party was observed walking in the 2800 block of McMahon Avenue.

Officers approached the male who was evasive with them.  Police noted  that the footprints in the snow leading from vehicle to vehicle had the same pattern as the footprints in the snow that lead right up to the male. The male was subsequently placed under arrest for theft and possession of stolen property.

A search of the male revealed multiple items including several GPS units, wallet and identification, lighters and cigarettes. Police also discovered tools in his possession. Some of the items were returned to their rightful owners in the neigbourhood. Other items were itemized and stored at Windsor Police Headquarters. Police estimate that as many as ten vehicles may have been targeted by the suspect.

Thomas Lesperance, age 35 years of age of Windsor, is charged with two counts of Theft, two counts of Possession of Stolen Property, Breach of Probation and Possession of Break and Enter Instruments.

Police are asking that if anyone has discovered items missing from their vehicle in the area to call police at 519-255-6700 ex 4830

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