Snow Prints Lead Cops To Hiding Suspect

A man in the Texas Panhandle blundered after allegedly breaking into a vehicle. He doubled back to retrieve the cellphone he left behind. Police tracked him down — not through the GPS data from his phone — but from his footprints in the snow.

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Good morning. I'm David Greene. A burglar in the Texas Panhandle blundered after breaking into a vehicle. He doubled back to retrieve the cell phone he left behind. Police tracked him down, but not through the GPS data from his phone. Finding suspect Colin Thomas Ferguson was a decidedly low tech operation. The cops followed the footprints he had left in the snow and found him hiding in another parked vehicle. Ferguson faces drug and burglary charges related to a whole series of break-ins. You're listening to MORNING EDITION.

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