In Peoria, Illinois, police were called to the scene of a home burglary. It turned out that only one major item was missing -- an entire houseful of new wall-to-wall carpet.
The officers on the scene had no idea how to track a hot carpet. As they headed outside into the newly fallen snow to look around, they found footprints and a long, scraped trail. The officers followed the trail to a neighbor's front door. When the police entered the house, they found the stolen carpet recut and laid to fit its new home.
The man who lived there insisted that he had purchased the rug, but police showed him his own trail. He was arrested and charged with the crime.