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Footprints in snow lead police to burglary suspects

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Elder (left), and Floyd Elder (left), and Floyd
Elder Elder
Floyd Floyd
EDINA, Mo. (WGEM) - Authorities say footprints in the snow led to the arrest of two burglary suspects last week in Edina, Missouri.

Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Carl Knoche says 57-year-old Kenneth Floyd and 20-year-old Richard Elder were arrested March 4 on burglary and stealing charges.

Knoche says when the victim arrived at his home, he found someone stole his Norelco Razor, $150 to $200 in change, wheat pennies, old dimes, gold coins and $3,500 to $4,500 in cash from his bedroom.

Knoche says he followed two sets of footprints in the snow leading out the window of the house. The footprints led him across the yard and to the front door of 801 E. Clay St.

When no one answered the door, deputies got a search warrant as troopers watched the house.

Knoche says Richard Elder called 911 to ask why police were at the house. Knoche says Elder told dispatchers that he told Knoche he didn't like him and that he would beat Knoche up if he came through the door.

After obtaining a search warrant, authorities entered the home and arrested Floyd and Elder.

After placing the two in custody, Knoche said Floyd crawled through a rear window of the patrol car and ran away. Police caught up with him two blocks away.

When searching Elder's home, Knoche says they found a black billfold on the kitchen table with $2,030 inside. They also found a zip-loc bag full of quarters, gold coins and pennies. Trooper Kyle McGivney found $1,630 in $100 bills under the kitchen stove and $20 in quarters in the crawl space of the house.

Knoche says the two men left a seven-month-old baby alone in the house when they burglarized their neighbor. Elder was charged endangering the welfare of a child.
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