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Rochester man charged after four-county burglary spree

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WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- A convicted burglar has been arrested and charged once again after a widespread string of burglaries in our area Friday. 

Police tracked him for more than five hours through four counties before making an arrest. Maurice Golston is behind bars, facing four felony counts relating to burglaries in Winona County  Police say he broke into or attempted to break into more than half a dozen homes in broad daylight.

"[Goodhue County Sheriff's Department] had a tracker on a car, it had come into Winona County and had stopped at at least one house already," said Winona County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Ron Ganrude. 

What began as just a suspicious vehicle quickly became a game of cat and mouse. 

"He was all over," Ganrude said. "We started up by Lewiston, went up by Altura, Rollingstone."

A tracking device on Golston's car brought police to a house on County Road 25 in Rollingstone, where police found pry marks on a door. 

Then it brought them to Huffman Hill, where he allegedly stole about $400 in cash. Police then tracked him to a home in Altura, where more pry marks were found and drawers opened.

"Then he took us down into Fillmore county for a little bit, over into Winona county, ended up south of St. Charles, and then took us into Olmsted County," Ganrude added. 

After tracking him for more than give hours, Golston was arrested in Dover.
"After checking some of the residences we knew he had been at for some time, we were going to take him down or catch him at the next residence he was at," Ganrude said. "So we did that, and we arrested him without incident."

Golston is facing three felony counts of burglary in the second degree and one felony count of possessing a burglary tool in Winona County, but may also face charges in other counties. 
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