Follow the footprints: Authorities say woman arrested for stealing car
Police arrested a Mitchell woman Sunday night after finding a stolen vehicle and following a set of footprints in the snow that reportedly led to her location.
Tianna Williams, 19, was arrested at about 9:30 p.m., according to Lt. Det. Don Everson, of the Mitchell Police Division.
At 7:02 p.m., the car's owner reportedly left the 2018 Jeep Renegade unattended with the keys inside at a gas station.
After a search involving multiple law enforcement agencies, a deputy from the Davison County Sheriff's Office located the vehicle parked along a curb in the 600 block of South Montana Street, then followed the footprints leading from the vehicle to a nearby residence, where they arrested Williams.
"We were aided by the snow in this one," Everson told The Daily Republic on Monday. "I love these cases. We get a few of them a year."
Everson said that people should remember to remove their keys whenever they leave their vehicles unattended.
"I think that people forget, too, that even if you lock your vehicle, there's a thin piece of glass that's easily breakable, and your vehicle can be stolen, anyway," he said.