If there's an overarching theme to crime in Northeast Ohio this winter, it's been that criminals are not careful about leaving their footprints in the snow.
Notably, if they leave them, it has made police pursuit pretty simple. And we have yet another entry thanks to Brandon Elkins, a young gentleman with a pair of size-13 Nikes and a penchant for lifting menthol smokes from convenience stores.
Brandon Elkins, 21, was arrested Sunday night outside a Donald Avenue home after police officers matched his size 13 Nike LeBron James basketball shoe treads to prints left in snow around Mike's Market on East Wilbeth Road, police said.
Officers say the convenience store was broken into about 9:30 p.m., and menthol cigarettes were taken. Officers at the scene followed shoe prints left in the snow to the nearby Wilbeth Arlington Homes and eventually to Donald Avenue.
When cops caught up with Elkins, they matched his Nikes to the treads in the footprints and recovered seven packs of Newports.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at [email protected].
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.