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03/07/2014

Footprints in snow lead to arrest

On the 4th day of March 2014, Sheriff Keith Slape reports that his office was dispatched to a residence in Western Grove in reference to a Residential Burglary. Upon the Deputies arrival, they learned the residence, garage and a trailer had been broken into with a large amount of property stolen. Deputies were able to recover bolt cutters left by the suspect as well as photograph possible footprints left in the snow. Deputies then followed those footprints into the woods and to the residence of Stephen McEntire, age 31, of Western Grove. A search warrant was prepared and executed at the McEntire residence. Deputies learned that McEntire had left the residence and was staying at a friend's residence in Harrison. Deputies then traveled to that residence in Harrison where they photographed a shoe print that was consistent to the ones that was left at the burglary scene. The following day, Deputies went back to the residence in Harrison and arrested McEntire where he subsequently confessed to the burglary. McEntire's shoes were located at the residence in Harrison along with a substantial amount of reported stolen property. He also led Deputies to where he had stashed most of the other property he had stolen. McEntire faces charges of Residential Burglary, Breaking or Entering, Theft of Property and Criminal Trespass with bond set at $25,000.00. As of this release, he is still incarcerated.