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PITTSBURG, Kan. — Footprints left in the snow Tuesday morning proved the undoing of a suspected residential burglar and two suspected marijuana growers, Pittsburg police said.

An officer was called at 7:10 a.m. to a home in the 1500 block of North Rouse Street, where someone had broken in overnight and stolen some items while the occupants were asleep, the Pittsburg Police Department said in a news release.

About the same time, another officer was called to a home in the 1000 block of East 13th Street, where a resident had spotted a young man running from her garage. The officer followed the suspect’s footprints through the snow to a home at 1014 E. 10th St.

While there, officers encountered a suspect who was discovered to be in possession of a cell phone that allegedly had been stolen from the house on North Rouse Street. Dustin L. Clay, 19, reportedly tried to flee officers but was found hiding in a home at 1001 E. Ninth St. and was arrested.

Clay was taken to the Crawford County Jail, and was charged with aggravated burglary, felony obstruction, theft, possession of marijuana, and felony and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held on bonds totaling $59,000.

While searching for Clay, officers searched a house at 1019 E. Ninth St. and reportedly spotted some marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia in plain view. A search warrant was obtained, and two occupants of the home, Matthew J. Wegner, 22, and Joey S. Sigmon, 22, were arrested and charged with felony cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana, and felony and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. They were being held at the county jail on bonds of $12,500 each.

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