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Burglar's call leads police to his arrest

A man who made a phony call to Bemidji police after he burglarizing a convenience store last summer appeared has pleaded guilty in the case.

Shaun Allen Windom, 20, of Laporte, entered the plea Monday to felony third-degree burglary. His sentencing is set for March 12.

According to court papers:

Bemidji officers arrived around 4:50 a.m. July 15, 2011, at the Tesoro store on Fourth Street Northwest in response to a burglar alarm.

When they arrived they found a window on the south side of the building had been smashed.

A witness told police he had seen a young man smash the window with a broom and run into the store.

After a Tesoro employee arrived to let police officers into the store, police discovered a number of cigarette packages had been taken.

Video surveillance footage from inside the store showed a man entering the store, going behind the counter and grabbing several packs of cigarettes and then exiting the store through the broken window.

Approximately 30 minutes later, dispatch received a call from a man reporting he had been stabbed. The caller said he was near a retail store located at the 700 block of Paul Bunyan Drive Northwest and said a vehicle drove up and took several shots at him.

Officers located the caller who identified himself as Windom. One of the officers recognized him as the man he saw in the video entering the Tesoro store. Windom was placed under arrest and taken to jail.

At the jail, Windom admitted he had broken into the Tesoro store to steal cigarettes. He further admitted his 911 call had been fake and that no one had taken shots at him.