Arrest made in break-in
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 10:00 AM
Footprints in the snow led Madison police to an arrest after a residential burglary in the 1000 block of East Street on Sunday.
Shawn D. Hemingway, 21, of Madison, was arrested on charges of burglary, a Class B felony; residential entry, a Class D felony; possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor.
Police received the call from a neighbor about a burglary in progress at about 2:45 p.m. At the scene, officers reported damage to the front and rear doors of the home. The frame around the front door had been broken, according to the report.
According to the homeowner, the suspect left a bag full of items by the door but did not leave with anything.
Officers located fresh tracks in the snow outside the house and followed the footprints west to U.S. 421. At about that same time, Hemingway reportedly waved down a squad car and asked to use the officer's cell phone.
He then traveled to north Walnut Street, where police caught up with him and matched his footprints with those at the scene of the break-in. There, police recovered a brown jacket behind a dumpster that matched the description of the jacket witnesses saw the burglary suspect wearing at the time of the incident, according to court records.
Witnesses later identified Hemingway as the man who kicked in the door to the house, police said. During his arrest, officers reported finding a pipe and burnt marijuana in Hemingway's pocket.
Hemingway told police he was serving as a look-out for someone else but never entered the structure. He added that he broke down the front door only because his accomplice was not strong enough.
Police said they plan to speak with the other person allegedly involved in the break-in.