In the end, it was Mother Nature, or maybe Father Christmas, that led police to a Yuletide thief.
Brownsville, Texas, police reported that Jose Guadalupe Facundo, 28, had been arrested on suspicion of burglarizing a funeral home Christmas morning, according to The Brownsville Herald.
What Facundo apparently wasn't counting on was the 1½ inches of snow that had just fallen on the Rio Grande Valley town.
Cops were able to follow a clear set of footprints in the freshly laid snow leading from the funeral home straight to a nearby trailer park.
"If it wasn't for the snow, he wouldn't have gotten caught," Treviño Funeral Home funeral director Oscar Perez told the newspaper.
Inside a mobile home, police say they found Facundo celebrating Christmas in his own way — sniffing gold spray paint (search) as the funeral home's stereo equipment sat nearby.
Cops matched his muddy shoes to the footprints, and the funeral home identified the equipment as its own.
Brownsville is about as far south in Texas as it's possible to go. It last snowed there 109 years ago, and meteorologists said it was the area's first white Christmas ever recorded.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — It didn't take Winnipeg police long to solve the great Christmas tree heist — a trail of pine cones from the scene of the crime led directly to a suspect's living room.
"It's got to be the dumbest crime of the century," apartment caretaker Cindy Peterson said. "You could see where they dragged it into the house."
The Yuletide theft happened early Dec. 23 when someone cut down an 18-foot blue spruce (search) from in front of Peterson's apartment building. The tree wasn't sawed at the base of the trunk, but about six feet up.
Peterson said she only noticed the tree had been lopped off when she went out to shovel the walk.
"A neighbor asked me if I couldn't afford a real tree," she said. "She pointed and I looked and thought, 'What the ... ?'"
Peterson and neighbor Ralph Mehmedov went to investigate and found a small cedar tree apparently discarded in favor of the larger spruce. A trail of pinecones, needles and broken limbs led directly to a residence across the street.
Police questioned the 22-year-old occupant, who told them he had bought the tree from an unknown door-to-door tree salesman for $5.
The man was charged with possession of stolen goods and released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.
BELMONT, N.C. (AP) — Miss your chance to buy some water from a cup once used by Elvis Presley?
Don't be disappointed — now you can bid on a chance to see, but not own, the cup that held the water.
The North Carolina man who sold the water on eBay last week is now auctioning off a one-time appearance of the Styrofoam cup that originally held the water.
Wade Jones retrieved the cup and water when he went to a Presley concert in Greensboro in 1977.
He saw Presley drink from the cup while introducing his band, and later asked a security guard to give him the cup as a souvenir.
The water, sealed in a plastic vial, sold for $455 on the online auction site on Saturday.
Jones doesn't want to sell the cup, but is willing to put it on display.
He wanted a minimum bid of $300, plus travel expenses, for an appearance by the cup, preferably on Elvis's birthday Jan. 8.
As of Thursday afternoon, Jones had received one bid for $300.
VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) — A Massachusetts man was arrested the day after a state trooper found 27 packages of suspected marijuana nested in bales of hay inside a horse trailer.
State police say Everton Garriques, 45, of Hingham, Mass., was a passenger in the pickup truck pulling the trailer during the Christmas Day stop.
Police said they found more than 800 pounds of what they believe is marijuana hidden inside the trailer.
Police stopped the truck for speeding and having no license plate light, according to a state police dispatcher.
After receiving conflicting information from Garriques and the driver, Dale Barrett, 23, of Lithonia, Ga., the trooper asked for and received consent to conduct a search, the dispatcher said.
When he looked inside the trailer, he saw two horses, several bales of hay and a plastic wrapper inside one of the bales. At that point, Garriques took off running and eluded searchers Saturday night, the dispatcher said.
Garriques was discovered the next day at a rental house and was arrested after a short pursuit, Van Buren police officer Steve Grizzle said.
He was booked into the Crawford County Jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing apprehension, burglary, breaking or entering, criminal mischief and two counts of cruelty to animals.
Barrett also faces charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of cruelty to animals.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 77-year-old man is accused of running a group of roller skiers off a rural road.
Eugene A. Hruby told a detective he was tired of seeing roller skiers on the road, according to a criminal complaint filed Dec. 22.
"You tell them they are not tolerated on these roads," the complaint quoted Hruby as saying. "I'm trying to stop four or five of them from getting killed by road rage."
Hruby, was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment.
According to the complaint, about 10 roller skiers were on the rural road in a staggered line Sept. 26, taking up much of the lane, but they moved to the side when they heard oncoming traffic.
Hruby approached in a pickup truck with his bumper over the right edge of the pavement, revved his engine and ran each skier off the road in turn, the complaint said. The roller skiers got a license plate number and called 911.
Hruby told the detective he had previously gone to the Dane Town Board to get supervisors to pass an ordinance outlawing roller skiing.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Whole Foods Markets (search) is reconsidering whether to continue selling a line of microwavable stuffed animals that an educator said could lead children to believe there is nothing wrong with putting their pets in household appliances.
Scott Simons, regional manager of the Texas-based organic foods market, said Dec. 22 that officials would consult with buyers to determine if the Toasty Tots products should be sold in their stores.
"We listen to our customers," Simons said. "They bring up great points, and we are a very sensitive company."
The soft plush animals can be heated in the microwave to become warm dolls.
Mike McBreen, who teaches family education classes in Boulder, said he raised the concerns because he believes the toys could give children the wrong idea. He said he has had clients whose children have put cats and dogs in the washer, dryer and even oven.
"Little kids, preschoolers, and kids even in first grade don't realize that you can't do things like that," he said. "It's beyond their levels of comprehension. Older kids, when they start getting into mischief, don't need any more suggestions."
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Paul Wagenseil.
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