Police in England received a call about a break-in at a second hand shop in the town of Easington Colliery. This was a pretty routine call and the shop reported that a number of items had been stolen, but police had one huge lead on who might have done it.
According to the BBC, during the robbery the thief tripped and knocked over a bucket of pure white paint and had inadvertently left a Hansel and Gretel style trail on the pavement. The police officer followed the trail down to a house where they found the stolen property in the homeowners backyard.
So after the homeowners footwear was checked to see if it matched, he was then arrested for burglary. Best part? All of this happened less than 30 minutes from the original call about the break-in.
Detective Darren Cresswell said:
“Some offenses of burglary are more challenging to solve than others, in this case the offender really put his foot in it and left some very obvious clues.”