Why, yes, police catch a break-in suspect by following footprints in the snow

Boston Police give us our annual dumb-criminal-in-a-snowstorm story:

Around 6:20 p.m. yesterday, a resident of 1574 Tremont St., Mission Hill, came home and immediately realized his apartment had been broken into - by way of a side window that the thief had managed to open up:

In the backyard of 1574 Tremont Street officers noticed fresh footprints in the snow, (that had been falling since the late afternoon) which lead around a fence, to the next street over, Torpie Street. On Torpie Street, officers continued to follow the fresh footprints down the driveway of 2 Torpie Street. At which point officers observed a female standing on the back porch with a gym bag around her shoulder. Officers approached the female and asked, "do you live here?" The female stated, " no, I'm waiting for my friend". Officers then asked the female what she had in her bag and she stated it was her computer. Already aware the male victim had a laptop computer stolen, officers asked what kind of computer it was and she stated "I don't know".

Further investigation confirmed both the gym bag and the computer, belong to the male victim, as well as personal papers identified as the victim’s.

Erika Pizzi, 23, of Cambridge was charged with receiving stolen property. She's scheduled for arraignment today in West Roxbury District Court.

Innocent, etc.




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I find it strange that the charge is for receiving stolen goods. Uhub legal: Is this because it is more difficult to prove that she actually entered the guys house (vs. some accomplice)?. Other reason?

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They can take some prints, but depending on how they entered, and what time of day, receiving stolen property is just as harsh a penalty

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