On a tip that two men were possibly selling stolen tools behind a Sunnyside residence, Sunnyside police officers began an investigation that led to the arrest of a Sunnyside man not unfamiliar with local crime.
According to Sunnyside Police Officer Oliver Hernandez, the 21-year-old suspect, who was recently released from jail following a string of car thefts, was caught Sunday afternoon and charged with second degree criminal trespassing and burglary.
The suspect fled before police could arrive Sunday morning, but they were able to locate the suspect later that day.
The power tools stolen and later recovered belong to Greg Schlieve, who had them at a rental house in the 900 block of Decatur Avenue that he was remodeling.
The burglary is believed to have occurred sometime late this past Sunday night or early Monday morning, said Hernandez.
Schlieve said that he was out of town and was not aware that the house had been broken into until police called.
Recovering the tools, police were cataloguing the items when they came to the last tool and found Schlieve's name engraved on the saw blade.
Henandez said they contacted Schlieve, who recovered the stolen items from the police department this morning (Tuesday).
Police took the shoes from the suspect and were able to match the tread on the shoes to the prints left on the rental house door when it was broken into.