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1:35 AM, Feb 15, 2014   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- While some may have seen this week's winter weather as an inconvenience, Atlanta police are crediting the snow with helping them solve a burglary case.

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Someone took a gas generator and air compressor from K&K Soul Food on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway in northwest Atlanta early Thursday. The restaurant is closed and under construction because of a recent fire.

Atlanta police spokesman John Chafee said responding officers saw footprints and wheel tracks in the snow outside the restaurant. They followed the tracks to a house at the corner of Neal Street and Sunset Avenue, about a mile away.

Officers found the compressor and generator in the front room of the house, according to Chafee. They said they also spotted 57-year-old Kenneth Ray Evans asleep on a sofa next to the items. Evans' shoes were wet, and their tread matched the tracks leading up to the house.

When questioned about the items, Evans told police he'd brought them home from work, but the restaurant owner confirmed they'd been taken from his business, Chafee said.

Evans was charged with second-degree burglary and taken to the Fulton County Jail.

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