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.
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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