Kenai police use shoe clue to make arrest

Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2010

KENAI - An unusual footprint helped Kenai police solve a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries.

Sgt. Scott McBride says investigators looking into Friday's break-in at the Salvation Army thrift store in Kenai noticed an odd footprint - a distinct, circular tread pattern.

Later that day and the following night, police spotted the same footprint when investigating break-ins at an eatery, a bingo hall and, finally, unlocked cars near a theater.

Police followed the footprints to the backdoor of the Merit Inn. When Wayman E. Bright stepped outside, his shoes left the same imprint as the tracks police had been following.

The 20-year-old Kasilof resident is charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and minor consuming alcohol.

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