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Man Charged with Fleeing Police in Stolen Van, Car, Snowmobile and Pickup

KSTP TV - A man is facing multiple charges after prosecutors say he stole three vehicles and a snowmobile while trying to escape police in the north metro.

According to the criminal complaint, a man reported to police at 8 a.m. Jan. 16, that his white Chevrolet Astro van had been stolen.

The van had a GPS system and was found on the 19500 block of Ulysses Street in Elk River. The driver was later identified as 25-year-old Joshua Stuart Vossen, according to the complaint.

Officers say they tried to stop the van, but the driver took off. The van was then found on the 6500 block of 215th Avenue Northeast in Nowthen. A witness said the van was left in the area and a white 2006 Volvo had been stolen instead.

Officers then found the Volvo a little while later after it crashed into a power pole near Ambassador Boulevard Northwest and Nacre Street Northwest in St. Francis, according to the complaint.

A witness said the driver fled on foot, so police tried to track him down using a dog. While they were searching, police say Vossen was seen leaving the area on a 2007 Arctic Cat Z1, which had been stolen from a nearby pole building, according to the complaint.

Officers say they tried to stop the snowmobile, but the suspect fled into the woods. He eventually got stuck on the 6700 block of 225th Circle Northwest in Nowthen.

Police say the suspect then went into a house, entered the garage and took a Ford F-150 pickup. The homeowner’s mother and young children were home at the time.

Police followed the truck, which eventually got stuck in the farm fields and swamps near Bassalt Street Northwest and 213th Avenue Northwest in Elk River.

The driver was arrested and identified as Vossen.

Police say Vossen admitted to fleeing from officers in the Astro van, stealing the snowmobile and taking the pickup. He said he didn’t remember stealing the Volvo, according to the complaint.

Vossen has been charged with first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, fleeing a peace officer, and four counts of theft. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and $35,000 in fines on the first-degree burglary charge; up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines on the third-degree burglary charge; up to three years in prison and $5,000 in fines on the fleeing a peace officer charge; and up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines on each theft charge.