Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

September 27, 2013

Shoe print leads to burglary suspect

By Michael R. Moser

CROSSVILLE — The manager of Cumberland Apartments located off Stanley St. between the Miller Ave. and Yvonne Ave. intersections has reported to Crossville Police his apartment had been broken into on three occasions. The third time was a charm for police, who used a shoe print left behind to track down a suspect.

Timothy Shane Slaven, 32, 27 Cumberland Apts. Lane, No. 108, is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property, according to Ptl. E.J. Williams' report.

Crossville Police were dispatched to Daniel Martin Young's apartment Tuesday around 6 p.m. after Young had discovered his home broken into for the third time in two weeks.

Martin told police that it appeared nothing was missing following the third burglary. Damage to a kitchen window was estimated at $250. In the first two break-ins, a total of $320 that represented rent money paid to him by tenants was taken.

After the second incident, Martin suspected that entry to his apartment was gained through an attic crawl space with an opening to the attic in his apartment over where his washer and dryer were located. So, he closed the entrance by boarding it up. The result was the third burglary with entry being made through the window.

A muddy shoe print was also found on top of the washer/dryer and during the ensuing investigation, Williams determined that the print matched that of shoes being worn by a next-door neighbor, identified as Slaven.

Det. Donald Hammons was called to the scene and Slaven was taken into custody and charged. He admitted being in the crawl space but denied breaking into the apartment.