Shoe prints help police make arrests for dozens of burglaries

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Police said footprints left in the snow were used as evidence to arrest three Davenport men were arrested in connection with 35 commercial burglaries in Davenport, Eldridge and Scott County.

Brandon Barnett, 19, Shane Smeltzer, 18, and Joshua Hayes, 19, are all facing multiple felony charges.  The three men were arrested at about 1 a.m. Sunday, January 20, 2013.  Police said they also recovered evidence, including a .45 caliber handgun, connected to the crimes.

Police said 32 of the burglaries happened in Davenport, two in Eldridge and one in Scott County dating back to late November.  Affidavits filed with the court say the most recent burglary happened January 15.

All three men were charged in connection with a January 15, 2013 burglary at Dee's Enchanted Inn, 4815 South Concord Street in Davenport.  They were also each charged in connection with a January 14 burglary at Dance Works, 2411 West Central Park Avenue in Davenport. 

Police affidavits said shoe prints found at that scene were later matched to those left at several other burglaries.

Smeltzer and Hayes were charged in connection with several other burglaries.  They included a November 30, 2012 burglary at Tri-State Engine Service, 3139 West 73rd Street; a December 6, 2012 burglary at Midwest Seafood, 5406 Sheridan Street; a January 6, 2013 burglary at Red Hawk Golf Course, 6364 Northwest Boulevard and a January 9, 2013 burglary at Elliot Equipment, 3100 West 76th Street.

The men each face multiple counts of burglary, for which they were each jailed in lieu of $10,000 bond.  Barnett also had outstanding warrants for which he faced additional charges and bond.