Brooklyn Park man accused of burglarizing, damaging store Dog tracked scent of suspect, police say

February 09, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

A Brooklyn Park man was arrested yesterday and charged with breaking into a Maxway store, county police said.

Police said a burglar alarm went off shortly after 3 a.m. at the store in the first block of Hammonds Lane. When an officer arrived, he found that glass in the front door had been smashed. Fresh boot prints in the snow led to the north side of the building and then south onto Hammonds Lane, police said.

About 30 minutes later, several other officers went to the 100 block of Hammonds Lane to serve a battery warrant on Mr. Johnson, but they found only wet boots and his wallet in the house, police said.

Meanwhile, the officers investigating the Maxway burglary called for a dog to track the scent of the culprit. About 4:15 a.m., the dog tracked the burglary suspect to Mr. Johnson's house, and officers found a man running from there, police said.

Police wrestled the man to the ground and arrested him.

Richard Carroll Johnson, 28, of the 100 block of Hammonds Lane was charged with second-degree burglary, felony theft and malicious destruction of property.

He was being held yesterday in lieu of $1,750 bond.

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