Police trace footprints in snow from victim's home to burglar's front door

Darlington and Stockton Times: Father-of-one, Lewis Ward, has been warned he could face jail Father-of-one, Lewis Ward, has been warned he could face jail

A BUNGLING burglar who was caught after police followed his footprints in the snow has been warned he could face jail.

Father-of-one, Lewis Ward, was arrested at his home in Raby Street, Darlington, after two police officers followed footprints he had left in snow for an hour-and-a-half.

The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to burglary at Darlington Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday, January 29) and was told he could face a prison sentence.

John Garside, prosecuting, said when police officers arrived on the scene of the burglary of the house in Vine Street at 11.30pm on January 18, they noticed a set of distinctive footprints in the snow outside the property.

They followed the prints down back alleys and nearby roads, which led to Ward's house in Raby Street. Officers raided the house and found his wet trainers, which matched the footprints left in the snow, as well as recovering the stolen iPad.

Mr Garside said: "He must have realised what he had done as he put the iPad behind the wardrobe and charger under the washing machine."

Jonathan Harley mitigating said: “This is a completely and utterly baffling offence. Mr Ward is unable to offer any reason as to why he decided to enter the property and remove an iPad.”

Mr Harley added Ward, who was drunk at the time of the incident, was going through a bad time with the mother of his two-month old baby and had turned to drink to cope.

He said: “He had been drinking at home alone from around 7pm to 8pm, he had two bottles of wine and had gone out for some air.

“It is a very serious offence and Mr Ward fully accepts he is in serious trouble.”

Sentencing was adjourned until February 19 to allow probation to prepare a pre-sentence report and Ward was granted conditional bail.

Sergeant Daryl Edmunds of Darlington police, who followed the footprints with his colleague, PC John Forster, said: “It was good old fashioned policing.

“It was very difficult at times trying to follow the footprints as sometimes they were mixed in with other people’s prints.”

Sergeant Dave Barker of Darlington police said: “It was an outstanding police effort. All criminals in Darlington should be warned that police officers are out on during the night, patrolling the streets and they will arrest anyone who is up to no good.”

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6:01pm Tue 29 Jan 13

johnny_p says...

Could face jail? SHOULD face jail...
Could face jail? SHOULD face jail... johnny_p

6:14pm Tue 29 Jan 13

rat man says...

What was distinctive about his foot prints?. Were they Yeti like!
What was distinctive about his foot prints?. Were they Yeti like! rat man

8:06pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Quaker79 says...

He looks like Kirk from Corrie and doesn't sound any more intelligent either.
He looks like Kirk from Corrie and doesn't sound any more intelligent either. Quaker79

9:24pm Tue 29 Jan 13

bishop1 says...

top idea , burgling & leaving a nice trail home , DOH !!!
top idea , burgling & leaving a nice trail home , DOH !!! bishop1

4:13pm Wed 30 Jan 13

glyn says...

rat man says...
6:14pm Tue 29 Jan 13

What was distinctive about his foot prints?. Were they Yeti like!”

Well, I know a few guys from Darlo and they are VERY close to be the missing link .
rat man says... 6:14pm Tue 29 Jan 13 What was distinctive about his foot prints?. Were they Yeti like!” Well, I know a few guys from Darlo and they are VERY close to be the missing link . glyn

4:51pm Wed 30 Jan 13

the-big-yin says...

johnny_p wrote:
Could face jail? SHOULD face jail...
I BET HE DOES NOT GO TO JAIL. A SLAP ON THE WRIST AND A FREE HOLIDAY FROM THE COURT. IT IS TIME TO BANG THEM UP FOR 5 YEARS. SCUM.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]johnny_p[/bold] wrote: Could face jail? SHOULD face jail...[/p][/quote]I BET HE DOES NOT GO TO JAIL. A SLAP ON THE WRIST AND A FREE HOLIDAY FROM THE COURT. IT IS TIME TO BANG THEM UP FOR 5 YEARS. SCUM.!!!!!!!!!!!!! the-big-yin

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