Police say they caught Hamilton gas station robber by tracking his footprints in the snow

HAMILTON, Ohio - Police say they tracked a man's footprints in the snow from the gas station he robbed to his apartment complex, where they arrested him.

Delmar Whitesell, 33, who was released from parole less than a week ago, entered the Speedway at 1095 Eaton Ave., about 12:45 a.m. Monday and demanded the clerk give him the cash from the register, police said.

Then Whitesell walked to his apartment around the corner on NW Washington Boulevard, Rich Burkhardt of the Hamilton police told 9 On Your Side's Tony Mirones. An officer used a flashlight to follow Whitesell's tracks, Burkhardt said.

"They (officers) started knocking on doors and the suspect answered the door," Burkhardt said.

Police says Whitesell didn't use a weapon, but demanding money is a third-degree felony that carries a one- to five-year sentence. Officials have not said how much money he alledgedly took from the gas station.

In addition to several other arrests, Whitesell was most recently convicted for robbery with a deadly weapon in April 2005. He was released from prison on Jan. 10, 2012 and finished his supervised parole on March 19, 2013.

Police booked Whitesell in the Butler County Jail. His arraignment is scheduled Monday morning in Hamilton County Municipal Court.


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