Burglar leaves shoes at scene, K-9 leads officer to suspect

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Debra Johnson

MADISON, Wis. - A burglar left a scene barefoot, and a K-9 was able to use the scent from her shoes to track her down Monday, police said.

Madison police said officers were called to a Waunona Way home at 9:49 p.m. for a burglary in progress after a 59-year-old woman heard an intruder break into the basement.

According to the report, the 59-year-old woman who was home locked herself in a bedroom, and her husband, a 65-year-old man, arrived home moments later to confront the suspect.

The burglar had cut her hand while breaking a basement window, and it was now wrapped in a towel. She fled barefoot down the street.

K-9 Falko arrived and was presented with one of the suspect's shoes. The police dog led officers through some backyards and woods before lying down near another neighborhood home. The suspect, later identified as 35-year-old Debra K. Johnson, resides at the address. She was found inside and arrested.

Police said the victims didn't believe anything was taken during the burglary as the crime had been interrupted.