February 6, 2012

Weird Crime Of The Week: Snowmobile's Unique Tracks Lead Deputies To Scrap Stealers

Staff report, Erie Times-News (Pennsylvania)


The skinny: Unique snowmobile tracks lead Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies to two men accused of stealing scrap metal from a storage building in Mayville, N.Y., recently.


What we know: Deputies were called to a storage building behind the old Ethan Allen facility in Mayville after an employee discovered that someone had entered the building. Deputies learned that someone had stolen between $40 and $60 worth of scrap metal from the building, and had fled on snowmobiles. One of the snowmobiles had a unique tread pattern, and deputies followed its tracks for about a half-mile before finding the snowmobile at a house in Mayville, Investigator Randy Boland said.


Case status: Randall A. Rothwell, 23, of Mayville, and Jeffrey M. Skellie, 24, of North East, were taken into custody and were arraigned on felony burglary charges. Deputies recovered the stolen scrap metal.

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