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Published December 17, 2013, 07:57 PM

GFPD nab suspect after garage burgled

A Grand Forks man was arrested early Tuesday morning, suspected of breaking into a vehicle in a garage, according to police.

By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald

A Grand Forks man was arrested early Tuesday morning, suspected of breaking into a vehicle in a garage, according to police

Investigators also suspect he broke into other vehicles in the neighborhood, east and north of Altru Hospital.

Shawn Frankin Houle, 23, was found soon after a call came in at 2:08 a.m. from a homeowner who said he saw a man in his garage going through a vehicle. The man fled.

Police arrested Houle about a block from the home and “were able to determine the subject was involved in the burglary,” according to a news release.

Following Houle’s footprints in the newly fallen snow, officers determined he also “possibly was involved in additional incidents ranging from criminal mischief to breaking into vehicles,” the release said.

Houle is in the Grand Forks County jail and expected to appear Wednesday in court on three counts: burglary, unlawful entry of a motor vehicle and theft.

He is on probation from a misdemeanor conviction for possessing drug paraphernalia in Walsh County in September; he served 11 days in jail in Grafton and pleaded guilty.

This month, he finished probation for a 2012 conviction in Grafton for misdemeanor assault, for which he served 154 days in jail, according to state court records.

Meanwhile, police are investigating the other incidents that seem related.

The garage burglary and other suspected incidents happened in an area between Demers Avenue and First Avenue South and South 20th Street and South Columbia Road.

Police say anyone who thinks they might have been a victim of such a crime at that time and place should call (701) 787-8000.

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