Footprints in snow lead to burglary suspectPublished 5:55pm Friday, January 27, 2012
Police locate suspect after discovering a break in at Northstar Powersports & Marine early Friday morning.
Albert Lea police officers found snowmobiles missing and the rear door broken out of Northstar Powersports & Marine, 2120 Consul St., around 3:30 a.m. Friday.
A snowmobile was found crashed into a fence on Northstar’s property. The other missing snowmobile was a 2008 Yamaha Nytro, which was stolen along with cash and sunglasses.
Officers could hear a snowmobile running and attempted to locate it. They found a snowmobile near Frank Hall Drive and attempted to stop it.
The snowmobile rider fled, striking a mailbox and fleeing across Albert Lea Lake toward Helmer-Myre State Park.
Around 6:30 a.m. the stolen snowmobile was found in the 2000 block of Neale Street. Officers tracked a single set of foot prints to a residence on Morningside Road. The occupant was arrested on unrelated warrants.
A search was done of the residence where property from Northstar was found, along with a jacket that matched the description of the suspected theif’s. The case remains under investigation.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office and Albert Lea Fire Department assisted.