Trail of mud tracks lead to stolen prop­erty

The Standard Journal - - Commentary - By MELODY DAREING

Two Cedar­town Polk County res­i­dents were ar­rested af­ter a trail of mud led of­fi­cers to items stolen from a neigh­bor, ac­cord­ing to Polk County Po­lice De­part­ment re­ports.

Don­ald Ni­chols, 51, of 1816 Cave Spring Road, Cedar­town, was ar­rested and charged with bur­glary and theft by tak­ing. He re­mains in the Polk County Jail.

Eric Acker was, 44, also of 1816 Cave Spring Road, Cedar­town, was ar­rested on an out­stand­ing war­rant. He also re­mains in the Polk County Jail.

Of­fi­cers were called out to a home on Cave Spring Road at 7:16 p.m. on July 23 af­ter an ar­gu­ment over stolen prop­erty grew heated.

Po­lice saw a res­i­dent wield­ing an axe when they ar­rived. The man put the axe down upon po­lice com­mands and told of­fi­cers that neigh­bor Don­ald Ni­chols stole sev­eral items from his house and truck - the lat­est be­ing a push mower.

Ni­chols de­nied the al­le­ga­tions and said the neigh­bor’s wife slapped him in the face.

That’s when po­lice no­ticed red mud cov­er­ing his shoes and pants. Of­fi­cers saw a Honda push mower with red mud all over it in the back of the truck Ni­chol’s was driv­ing. They spot­ted red mud at the vic­tim’s home and a trail of tracks from the tires of the mower to the Ni­chol’s res­i­dence, along with shoe im­pres- sions. The im­pres­sions matched Ni­chol’s shoes, re­ports said.

Ni­chols con­tin­ued to deny al­le­ga­tions and said another man at the res­i­dence, Acker, was smok­ing metham­phetamine all night and stole the items.

De­tec­tives got a search war­rant and searched Ni­chol’s home where they re­cov­ered sev­eral stolen items. The items were re­turned to the vic­tim, re­ports said.

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