Footprints, Debit Card Lead to Burglary Arrest

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -

Police said distinct footprints and a debit card helped officers solve a Sunday evening break-in.

Iowa City police officers were called to a Washington Street address Sunday evening for a report of a burglary that had occurred sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Sunday. The resident told officers someone had kicked in the back door of the residence and took a safe containing cash, a US passport, digital camera and other documents.

Police searched in and around the residence and found a set of footprints leading from the street to the back of the residence and back to the street. The footprints left a "Route 66" impression in the snow, police said. Officers also found a debit card issued to 20-year-old Carloss D. Sanders. Police went to Sanders' residence at 1100 Arthur Street and found the Route 66 shoes.

One of Sanders' relatives told police that Sanders and another subject committed the burglary, police said. Sanders was arrested and faces charges of third-degree burglary, second-degree theft and fourth-degree criminal mischief.
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