Fresh snow helps police track string of burglariesArea News
-- An 18-year-old local man is in Pierce County Jail and likely facing multiple felony charges from early morning burglaries last week and again before dawn Saturday.
By: Phil Pfuehler , Pierce County Herald
An 18-year-old local man is in Pierce County Jail and likely facing multiple felony charges from early morning burglaries last week and again before dawn Saturday.
Two other young men, also in jail on unrelated charges, are believed to be involved in what amounts to some 10 residential break-ins. They were being questioned in jail by a police investigator Tuesday afternoon.
Officers carried out a search warrant late Tuesday morning at the home of one of the men. River Falls Police Sgt. Jon Aubart said the search turned up very little of interest.
The aim was to find stolen property, most of it electronics such as cellphones, smart phones, iPads, Kindle reader and Microsoft computer tablet, but also a camera bag and gear, cash, I.D.s, credit cards, prescription bottle and other odds and ends.
Kyle N. Dudrey, 18, 353 Nicole Lane #2, was arrested Saturday at his home after being found in bed.
Dudrey claimed to have slept through the night since 7 p.m. but his black Nike tennis shoes were allegedly found wet and dripping at the front door.
Police claim the shoes’ tread marks matched those left in the back yards of several houses nearby where predawn break-ins occurred.
Snow fell overnight Friday into Saturday. Officers were able to follow clearly formed intruder footprints that allegedly led to where Dudrey lives with his brother and mother.
Dudrey told police his 17-year-old brother must have gone out in the night wearing his shoes. The brother denied doing that.
Home burglaries were called in last week Tuesday morning in the 400 and 500 blocks of Griffey and Kennedy streets. While fresh snow had fallen that night, too, intruder footprints ended in the plowed road.
A second set of break-ins was called in Saturday morning in the 600 and 1200 blocks of Meadowbrook Lane and on Foster Street near Rocky Branch Elementary School.
On Meadowbrook Lane, a 51-year-old male homeowner woke just after 3:30 a.m. Saturday because of a racket in his living room. He came out and found the intruder facing the other way.
Surprised, the homeowner said, “What the hell,” and the suspect dashed out the back through a sliding door.
The witness later identified a hooded, khaki-style jacket recovered by police from Dudrey as being what the intruder wore.
All home intrusions came through back doors, patio doors and by way of garage service doors connected to a house.
In each, those doors were left unlocked overnight.
Homeowners of several houses with doors locked noticed footprints in the fresh snow of their back yards but they were not broken into.
Police Sgt. Jon Aubart said stolen property and money from about 10 burglaries hadn’t been tallied as of noon Tuesday. He estimated the total loss as easily reaching into the thousands of dollars.
Aubart said the home break-ins occurred roughly between 3 and 4:30 a.m. It’s not believed the suspects were armed. They took whatever was handy -- on a table, shelf, or couch, or from a purse, wallet or jacket.
Regarding all the burglarized unlocked homes, Aubart said: “It might be a good idea, people, to throw that dead bolt and lock up.”
He added that even though the burglary suspects weren’t armed, they could’ve been shot in self-defense by someone inside.
Police also say they recovered from a book bag next to Dudrey’s bed a black ski mask and a pair of black-and-gray rubber gloves.
One break-in witness said the intruder wore a ski mask.