Cops: Footprints, K-9 led police to accused robber

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Footprints in the snow, a truck driver hired to plow that snow, and an assist from a K-9 officer all played a role in helping the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office arrest a Pontiac man they say stole from unlocked cars in Highland Township early Tuesday morning.

It was just before 2:30 a.m. on the 400 block of Carnoustie Drive when a snowplow driver noticed a man carrying a backpack and looking into parked cars on the street.

According to the sheriff's office, when the 27-year-old Pontiac man saw the plow driver on a nearby street, Gleneagles, where he’d allegedly been trying to break into a car parked in a driveway, he fled on foot. The plow driver called 911 and described what he saw to police.

Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene and noticed footprints in the snow, tracking “from parked car to parked car,” a statement on the incident said. They requested a K-9 unit to join the search and established a perimeter in the area. Before long they say they found the suspect, hiding in a parked car on the 1000 block of Highland Road.

Inside his backpack, police say, they found “stolen property taken from several different vehicles in the subdivision,” and arrested the man. He is at Oakland County Jail pending charges.