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Waterloo man arrested in overnight business burglary

Waterloo man arrested in overnight business burglary

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New Star Liquor, Tobacco and Vape Shop at 315 Fletcher Ave. is seeking permission to keep its colorful metal siding installed without prior zoning approval.

WATERLOO – Police have arrested a Waterloo man for breaking into a store after following his footprints in the fresh snow.

Officers were called to an alarm at New Star, formerly 5 Star Snacks and More, 315 Fletcher Ave., around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, and found the front door glass shattered and signs someone had rummaged through the business.

Stephen Dilon Pelham

Stephen Dilon Pelham

They also noticed footprints in the snow and followed the tracks to a wooded area and over a stream. The suspect realized officers were chasing him and ditched the stolen merchandise in the woods.

Police arrested Stephen Dilon Pelham, 20, of Waterloo, for third-degree burglary.

It wasn't known if the New Star burglary is related to other business break-ins in the LaPorte Road and San Marnan Drive area over the weekend.

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