Footprints in the snow lead police to car break suspect

SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — Seekonk police have arrested a man who they say tried to break into a number of vehicles during the storm on Tuesday – thanks to a trail he left in the fresh snow.

Michael Maksou, 21, of North Reading, Mass., was arrested and charged him with two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle with intent to commit a felony.

According to police, officers responded around 5:30 a.m. to a home on Coleman Street, where Sandy Emond said she saw footprints in the snow around her vehicle and leading to another car nearby.

“I noticed footprints in the street and then I realized they were walking into my driveway toward my car,” Emond said. “All of the sudden I thought, ‘Who’s going into my driveway?’ And then it all came together and I realized somebody was going into the cars.”

Upon investigating, police said it was apparent that whomever the footprints belonged to had entered the cars, both of which were unlocked, though nothing seemed to be missing from them.

The responding officers said they followed the tracks north and found that the same person had apparently attempted to break into several other vehicles in the neighborhood and even tried to steal a bicycle.

The tracks eventually led police to a Valero gas station on Newman Avenue, where they said they encountered three people: the gas station attendant, a Dunkin’ Donuts clerk and a man wearing dark clothing who was soaking wet.

According to police, the third man said he was from Pawtucket, and when officers told him they were following footprints that resembled the boots he was wearing, the man told them he had been walking through the area trying to make a phone call.

Maksou’s arraignment was delayed due to the snowstorm.