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Sneaker tracks lead to burglary arrest of Allen Navillat

Published On: Jul 02 2013 06:06:08 PM EDT
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Lucy Nicholson / Reuters


 A parolee who is a suspect in at least two burglaries in Northampton County left behind sneaker prints that led to his arrest, officials said.

Allen T. Navillat was wearing the Nike sneakers that matched a tread pattern at crime scenes in Bushkill and Moore townships when he reported to his parole officer on June 5.

One of the burglaries happened on June 3 at a home in the 500 block of Cherry Hill Road in Bushkill Township, where a Nike sneaker print was left behind in the kitchen while the burglar was making off with $6,182.94 in electronics, camera gear and jewelry, after causing $2,500 in damage by breaking in through sliding glass doors.

A witness told police he saw a white sedan parked in front of the home's garage for 10 to 15 minutes at the time of the burglary.

The next day, a Bushkill Township investigator was told by a Moore Township detective that a sneaker print was left behind at a recent burglary attempt, and that as in the Bushkill burglary, a white sedan was observed by a witness at the crime scene.

The Bushkill Township investigator recognized Navillat as the burglar after seeing a surveillance photo taken by a trail camera at the scene of the attempted burglary.

When investigators searched Navillat's car -- a white 2006 Mercury sedan -- they found a Stanley pry bar that matched pry marks on a sliding glass door at the burglarized home in Bushkill Township; a laundry bag with a red Aeropostale sweatshirt that the burglar was wearing in the photo taken at the Moore Township home; a ball peen hammer, and one and a half pairs of brown cloth work gloves.

During a search of Navillat's home at 700 Cherry Hill Road, Bushkill Township, several TV sets were found.

Navillat was implicated in another burglary soon after he was taken to the Berks County Prison for violating his parole on June 5,  when a woman reported to Bushkill Township police that her home in the 600 block of Creamery Road had been burglarized sometime during the previous five days, when she was out of town.

The woman said $2,007 in merchandise was taken, including a TV, a laptop, a Delaware Valley College tote bag, a gift wrapped metal ice bucket with a bow, two costume jewelry necklaces and a GPS unit, as well as a strong box containing her Social Security card, birth certificate, deed to her home, divorce papers and her mother and father's estate papers, officials said.

About $2,000 in damage was done to the home's sliding glass door and window blinds.

The tool marks on the door jam of the woman's home matched the Stanley pry bar found in Navillat's car, officials said.

Navillat was arraigned in connection with the two Bushkill Township burglaries on Monday evening, charged with two counts each of burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, possessing crime instruments and criminal mischief, and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $50,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. July 11.