Footprints in snow help police catch suspect

Andrew Reeves Provided photo/Greenfield Police Department)

GREENFIELD, Ind. (WISH) – An elderly woman came face to face with a masked man who broke into her home.

The crime happened early Tuesday morning in the 400 block of Hawthorne Street in Greenfield.

Police said the 89-year-old heard a noise in her kitchen and went to check it out.

She spooked the suspect, 23-year-old Andrew Reeves, and he took off.

But he didn’t get very far thanks to several missteps during his escape.

“We hope that people will look out for their neighbors, not take advantage of their neighbors and do this type of crime,” said Major Derek Towle, deputy chief of the Greenfield Police Department.

A trusty neighbor can be hard to find. For these homeowners, having a church across the street can be comforting.

But what about the person living, right, next door?

“She was a target, an easy target, just the one that was the closest. Who knows what he was thinking,” said the man who repaired the victim’s home. He asked to remain anonymous.

“They broke the back window pane out of the back door to reach in and use the lock to open up to get in the house,” the repairman said.

“She heard noises and she went to investigate what the noise was and that’s where she confronted the intruder,” Major Towle said. “The intruder I guess ran out the back of the house.”

And literally walked right next door, leading police step by step to his hideout, which is also his listed address.

“Unbelievable, the guy’s an idiot,” said the repairman.

“The snow indicates a lot to us and we can find people that way,” said Major Towle. “You’d have an imprint of the shoe and then they can go and find those same shoes within the person’s house and now we’ve got that criminal.”

Besides matching up foot prints, police also found the victims purse in the home.

After taking Reeves back to the station, police said he confessed.

“This is a safe place, dumb things like this happen, he got caught, that’s a good thing,” the repairman said.

Reeves is being held in the Hancock County Jail without bond. He’ll hear his charges Wednesday when he goes before a judge.

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