Footprints lead to the arrest of two men

ST. GEORGE — Footprints left at the scene of the crime in the town of Central helped Washington County Sheriff’s deputies solve a burglary, recover the stolen property and arrest two suspects on Tuesday.

Roger William Wulfing, 24, of St. George, and Avron Eugene Rigdon, 25, Central, were arrested on burglary and related charges. A stolen ATV, small trailer, two laptop computers and large television were among some of the items that were recovered.

According to the probable cause statement filed in association with the arrests, a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy responding to investigate the burglary observed one of the suspects leaving the area driving a truck pulling a white trailer as he arrived. A witness also saw a second suspect driving a red ATV from the area, the statement said.

During the investigation officers noted there were footprints going back and forth from the burglarized house to the home of one of the suspect’s parents.

Deputies also found that the front door of the home had been kicked in, leaving behind a “distinct foot impression” which also matched impressions found outside of the house and in the garage where the ATV was taken.

“Both Rigdon and Wulfing’s shoes matched the shoe impressions at the scene of the burglary,” the probable cause statement said.

The stolen property was valued at more than $1,500. Deputies found it later on Tuesday at the house of one of the suspect’s girlfriend. The damage to the door and the garage at the burglarized house was estimated to be between $500 and $1,500.

Wulfing and Rigdon were both arrested and charged with second-degree felony burglary of a dwelling and third-degree felony burglary of a non-dwelling. Wulfing was also charged with a class-A misdemeanor criminal mischief and Rigdon with a third-degree felony of receiving stolen property. Wulfing’s bail stands at $26,850 while Rigdon’s is set at $30,000.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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1 Comment

  • Mean momma January 17, 2014 at 12:47 am

    By their footprints ye shall know them… Hahaha… Idiots!

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