Local detectives have yet to locate the perpetrator of a robbery and act of vandalism that occurred in Austin, Texas last week. According to the Austin Daily Herald, “The victim said sometime between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6, an unknown person kicked in the garage door, breaking the locks, and took a red and black Tool Shop compound miter saw valued at $150.” The only clue to the burglar’s identity was a muddy footprint left on the broken garage door last Friday.
Officers dispatched to the scene on the 900 block of First Avenue Northwest on November 6 expected a routine breaking and entering. What they encountered was much stranger, Police Chief Brian Krueger would later remark. The lone footprint on the garage door appeared to have been made by a loafer. Whether the loafer had been worn by a male or female was unclear.
Police surmised that the burglar kicked in the garage door in order to enter the garage. The burglar may have been familiar with the garage and its contents, either because he or she had previously cased the joint, or because he or she was acquainted with the victims. It’s possible that the burglar also knew the value of the stolen miter saw and intended to sell it. Whether the police have already checked with area pawn shops or scoured Craigslist listings was not made clear in the news report.
There are no suspects at this time, the paper reported, and officers are puzzled by the single footprint. Some have speculated that the burglars removed their shoes before entering the garage, so as not to leave tracks. Some speculated that the owner of the shoe donned one muddied loafer before kicking the garage door hard enough to break the locks, then switched back to trainers in order to baffle police. Whether the victims themselves have staged the whole thing in order to cash in on the miter saw insurance payout is a question hardly anyone is asking.