CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sometimes it's easier than other times to find robbers.

Police in Charlotte, Gastonia and Fayetteville say they made arrests in several robberies this week by tracking snow prints.

Charlotte police say tracks led them to a pair of suspects in two convenience store robberies Wednesday, in one case where customers and employees were forced to the floor. Police say they followed prints from one of the stores to a residence where they arrested the two men.

Each man has been charged with seven counts of kidnapping, six counts of armed robbery, two counts of conspiracy and one could of larceny of a vehicle.

A similar thing happened in Fayetteville. Police say someone took three laptop computers from a business just after midnight Wednesday. Sgt. Manuel DeJesus says officers tracked footprints to a home and arrested a suspect. He was charged with breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods.

Another suspect was tracked by snow prints after an attempted gasoline station holdup several hours later. He was charged with attempted breaking and entering.

Gastonia police made an arrest in a series of car break-ins by tracking footprints in the snow. The suspect was charged with four counts of larceny from a vehicle and four counts of misdemeanor larceny.