Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Wet Footprints Lead to Arrest of Two for B&E


At about 7:49 PM, Saturday, February 8, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a suspicious person in the area of 31 Orchardfield Street in Dorchester.

While en route to the call, officers observed two males matching the description of the suspects who had just broken into a residence in the area. In the meantime, other officers, responding directly to the scene, checked the perimeter of the residence and discovered the rear door to be wide open. As officers entered the residence, they observed what appeared to be fresh wet footprints within the residence. Upon searching the residence, officers discovered several broken items throughout the location and, the residence itself, in a general state of disarray.

While attempting to talk to the suspects, both suspects gave conflicting stories about the incident. Moreover, one of the suspects became increasingly agitated and began to physically push and shove officers in his effort to escape. After the brief struggle, both suspects were placed under arrest.

A closer inspection of the wet footprints found inside of the residence enabled officers to match those prints with the shoes worn by one of the suspects.

Arrested was Thomas Clark, 24, and Emmanuel Lys, 24, both of Dorchester. Both are charged with Unarmed Breaking and Entering, Night, while Lys is additionally charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest.