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Footprints in snow lead to burglary suspect

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.