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Grand Forks man faces burglary charges

A Grand Forks man is facing burglary and property damage charges after being arrested last week in East Grand Forks. Christopher Leroy William Johnson, 18, was arrested early Thursday morning in East Grand Forks after police responded to a report...

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A Grand Forks man is facing burglary and property damage charges after being arrested last week in East Grand Forks.

Christopher Leroy William Johnson, 18, was arrested early Thursday morning in East Grand Forks after police responded to a report of two suspicious men. An East Grand Forks officer chased Johnson on foot until he found him in a dark corner behind a house on Second Avenue Northeast.

The officer, Jacob Thompson, ordered Johnson to the ground at gunpoint and handcuffed him. Thompson found a long black flashlight and a knife clipped to Johnson's sweatpants. Thompson later found a pellet gun, which court documents say looked identical to a handgun, nearby.

Johnson told Thompson that "everyone carries flashlights," he was dressed in black because it is a popular color and that he was smoking a cigarette and looking for his girlfriend's home.

Johnson had an outstanding warrant in Polk County for underage drinking and driving, according to court records.

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A resident living a half of a block away from the location of Johnson's arrest reported "a short time later" that someone tried to steal his tires. Cement blocks were placed under the truck in an apparent attempt to raise it high enough to remove the tires, according to the statement of probable cause.

Nearby, a padlocked latch on a garage side door had been pried away from the door's frame. The resident of that home reported that someone had stolen a CD player from his car and the dash was torn apart.

Another neighbor said she saw two men run away after they saw her Thursday morning.

Johnson's shoes had the "same distinct circular tread as the footprints" investigators tracked around the neighborhood after Johnson's arrest, according to court documents.

Johnson was charged with one count of third-degree felony burglary, one count of felony attempted theft, one count of misdemeanor theft and two counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal damage to property.

He made his first appearance Friday.

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