Crime

Arrest made in Indian Trail business break-ins

Union County Sheriff’s Office investigators used shoe prints and blood stains to help make an arrest in several Indian Trail business break-ins, authorities said.

Jeffrey Michael Bird, 26, of Monroe, was arrested Friday and charged with four counts of felony breaking and entering and two counts of felony larceny after breaking and entering.

Investigators said someone broke into four Indian Trail businesses on Oct. 27, and they said a crime scene investigator was able to find fingerprints, shoe impressions and blood evidence. They said the suspect apparently cut himself during one of the break-ins.

During the investigation, authorities said, deputies were able to identify Bird as a suspect, and deputies went to his residence on Helmsville Road. Authorities said crime scene investigator Lindsey Richards was able to use a footprint at the scene of a break-in to make a match with a pair of shoes at Bird’s residence.

Bird was hiding in a closet at his residence, deputies said, but he was found and arrested. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 2.

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