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He picked a wrong place to park hot snowmobile

By Staff | Feb 14, 2011

Alan William Hearn

A snowmobiler in apparent need of assistance resulted in the arrest of a 29-year-old Elmore man on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 6.

Alan William Hearn was apprehended after being chased some seven blocks on foot and by a pickup truck.

Hearn made his first court appearance in Faribault County District Court on Tuesday.

He has been charged with two felony counts of theft of property valued at more than $1,000 but less than $5,000 and escape from custody, also a felony.

Hearn also faces misdemeanor charges of trespass and fleeing a peace officer not in a motor vehicle, and a petty misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Because of his past criminal history and Hearn telling Judge Douglas Richards he does not have an address, Faribault County Attorney Troy Timmerman requested bail be set at $25,000.

According to the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office, around 1 p.m. deputies Barry Meyers and Joe Anderson were on a snowmobile trail safety patrol on the west side of Elmore when they noticed a parked snowmobile near County Road 9.

The complaint says the hood of the snowmobile was open and authorities identified the operator from past encounters as Alan William Hearn.

When Meyers noticed the hood of the snowmobile did not have a registration or trail permit, Hearn told the deputies they were at his shop and asked if he could go and get them.

According to court papers, while Hearn was gone deputies checked out the snowmobile’s vehicle identification number and discovered it had been stolen with another snowmobile and trailer.

The complaint says Meyers went looking for Hearn and located him near a business on Highway 169.

When told he was under arrest for possession of stolen property, says the complaint, Hearn became upset and claimed he did not know the snowmobile was stolen.

Hearn reportedly took off running and Meyers began chasing him on foot.

The complaint says Meyers was assisted by Scott Campbell, who was driving a pickup truck.

Meyers reportedly jumped into the back of the pickup and pursued Hearn to Mondale Street, where he saw him enter a residence.

Additional deputies were called in to assist and Hearn was located in a garage of the residence and arrested.

The owner of the residence told authorities that Hearn did not have permission to be there.

The complaint says another person at the site of the arrest told Meyers that he was storing a snowmobile for Hearn.

A check of the vehicle identification number shows it also had been stolen in Martin County.

The two felony charges each have a maximum penalty of five years and a $10,000 fine, while the misdemeanor charges are each 90 days and a $1,000 fine.

The possession of drug paraphernalia charge has a maximum penalty of a $300 fine.