Police searching for suspect

St.Thomas Street

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ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Police are looking for a man who ran off during an investigation last night.

It all started around 10:30 p.m. when an officer checking on Sampson Dairy in Albert Lea noticed someone carrying something so he aimed the spotlight at him, and the person took off running.

The officer chased him, but couldn’t catch up and the man got away, though police found a 22-caliber rifle near the spot where the pursuit began.

After running serial numbers on the gun, authorities discovered that the gun had been stolen.

“The officer initially started chasing him,” Lt. Jeff Strom of the Albert Lea Police Department said. “They found that he had discarded a .22 rifle. Come to find out, that rifle was stolen from a burglary in Austin, December of last year.”

Officials are still looking for the suspect.

He is described as a white male, five feet ten inches tall, wearing a black sweatshirt or jacket with a hood, blue jeans and white shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Albert Lea Police Department.

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