Officers follow footprints in snow to burglary suspect

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MOON, Pa. —

Police in Moon Township said footprints in the snow helped them arrest a man accused of trying to break into several dozen cars.

Bob Farr was one of four victims who had items stolen from their car in the Amherst housing plan last week.

“I saw footprints going around the car and I said, ‘Somebody was around here last night,’” Farr said. “I just looked in and saw the console where I keep all the change, and they took the change but nothing else.”

Officer Bryan Buydasz said officers followed the footprints to a house where they found 22-year-old Eric Lingenfelter.

“We followed the prints and they led straight to a residence. As we were approaching it, a gentleman came out in his longjohns and boots,” Buydasz said.

According to Buydasz, the boots matched the ones in the snow and Lingenfelter was arrested.

Investigators said Lingenfelter tried to gain access into at least 39 cars, and once inside, he’d take anything in sight.

“Of the 39 vehicles that he tried to get into he actually gained access to four,” Buydasz said.

Lingenfelter is facing several charges including theft from a motor vehicle and criminal conspiracy to commit theft from a motor vehicle. He faces a preliminary hearing next month.