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At approximately 7:15 a.m., Friday morning, Mrs. King, the seventh grade science teacher, thought something was fishy as she walked down the hall and noticed that her door was open. She walked into her classroom and immediately discovered that the small aquarium had been broken and her prized gold fish were gasping in the sink. Beside the broken aquarium were the shattered remains of the pink piggy bank that had been on the shelf above the aquarium. A can of blue paint was spilled on the floor. Footprints of a barefooted burglar led to an open window. Bits of a white powdery substance were found next to the broken, empty, piggy bank. The only other item found was a half-eaten large chunk of chocolate candy.
When the police arrived they immediately began to gather forensic evidence.
  • Sticky fingerprints were lifted from the aquarium and piggy bank.
  • The painted footprints were measured.
  • The chunk of chocolate candy was collected for examination. It appeared there were teeth imprints.
  • The white powdery substance by the piggy bank was carefully placed in a plastic bag and taken to the forensic chemist for identification.

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ActivityUsing the clues found at the crime scene, determine which of these four suspects is the "barefooted burglar"? What do you think was the motive for this crime? Write the results of your findings and convince a jury of your peers.

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