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Burglary suspect arrested near National Guard airfield

DULUTH -- A 52-year-old Duluth man was arrested Thursday after an alleged burglary and a car and foot chase that led authorities to the 148th Fighter Wing Air National Guard airfield.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said authorities were en route to a residence where a burglary was reported shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday when dispatch put out a request to help locate any suspects.

The suspect reportedly stole the victim’s 2005 Chevy Silverado and several firearms.

Authorities located the vehicle and tried to stop it, but it continued toward Duluth International Airport and crashed on the road leading to the 148th Fighter Wing base, the sheriff’s office said.

The suspect fled into the woods and was tracked to the fence line of the base.

The suspect climbed the fence in an attempt to escape but was arrested on the airfield, the sheriff’s office said. The firearms and other stolen property were recovered from the vehicle.

The Duluth and Hermantown police departments, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Border Patrol, Duluth Airport Authority and security police with the 148th Fighter Wing assisted in the incident, which remains under investigation.