They followed footprints from the scene of a break-in to the home of the suspected burglar, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Saturday.
Police responding to a burglar alarm at a seafood business in northwest Atlanta found the impressions of shoe prints and tire tracks in the snow, said department spokesman Officer John Chafee.
They followed the tracks about a mile to the home of Kenneth Ray Evans, where they found a generator and air compressor -- and Evans asleep on the sofa.
The treads on the wheels of the generator matched the tire tracks in the snow, Chafee said. The footprints in the snow were identical to Evans' shoes, which were still wet.
Claims by Evans, 58, the equipment came from his work couldn't be verified so he was arrested and charged with burglary.