RIVERVIEW — An off-duty police officer leaving the 17000 block of Valade for work around 7:15 a.m. noticed a set of footprints in the snow, leading from the alley up to his garage. He believed it was an attempted break-in and followed the footprints through the alley.
The footprints stopped in front of his neighbor’s garage, the officer said, and the garage door was sprayed with spray paint. The officer said the footprints continued to Longsdorf before disappearing because the snow was cleared.
According to police reports, the officer waited until it was lighter out to continue his search of the area south of Longsdorf. He found shoe prints similar to the initial prints and followed them south to the front door of a house in the 18000 block of Koesler.
He reported the information to Riverview Police Dispatch and waited until another officer arrived to assist in the investigation. The officers knocked on the door, police said, and a son of the homeowner answered the door. He told police the homeowner was gone, but he and his two younger brothers were inside the house.
The officers were allowed to enter the house, police said, and asked the son to call his father so they could interview the younger brothers. Officers said the father returned and they informed him of the situation and that the evidence pointed to one of his sons.
The father told police two of his sons walked to Meijer around midnight and the younger of the two went down the alley because he needed to use the bathroom. The other boy stayed on Valade, police said, and met up with the younger brother at Longsdorf.
As police interviewed the boys, the younger son admitted he spray painted the garage for “no good reason,” and police took his shoes and spray paint cans as evidence. A report was sent to the Detectives Bureau and another was given to the victim for insurance purposes.
— Gabriel Goodwin