LOWELL -- Sneaker prints in the snow may be Jamie Shattuck's undoing.
Lowell police responded about 10 p.m. Sunday for an alarm at Branch Street Variety store. A caller reported two men trying to kick in the side door of the store at 186 Branch St. Officers noticed a side door appeared to have been pried open.
Two men ran from the scene, a witness said. The men were described as wearing hooded sweatshirts, and one had a possible knife and was wearing rubber gloves.
One of the men left fresh shoe prints in the snow with a distinctive Nike imprint.
When police knocked on Shattuck's door at 18 Manahan St., Lowell, Shattuck and a friend told police they had been home all night. Both men matched the description given by the witness, but the witness could only identify Shattuck.
Nike sneakers, which allegedly belonged to the friend, were found on the porch and matched the sneaker prints in the snow, police said. Charges may be brought against the friend, but police were unable to take photos of the imprints in the snow showing the detail.
Shattuck, 37, of 18 Manahan St., Lowell, pleaded not guilty in Lowell District Court Tuesday to breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony and vandalizing property.
Defense attorney John Kittredge described this as a "weak" and "circumstantial" case against Shattuck.
Judge Thomas Brennan ordered Shattuck, who has a three-page record, held on $1,000 cash bail with a pretrial conference date scheduled for Feb. 21.
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