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Sabin burglary suspect leaves GED at crime scene

Ryan Sabot

MOORHEAD - An arrest Friday linked to a pair of Memorial Day burglaries in Sabin stemmed partially from an un­usual clue left at the crime scene: a GED certificate carrying a suspect's name.

In charges filed in Clay County District Court, investigators allege a GED for Ryan James Sabot, 34, of Moorhead, was left behind in the parking lot next to fresh tire tracks at Sabin's C-Store after a May 30 burglary shortly before 1 a.m.

Deputies say in the complaint for burglary, theft and property damage filed Friday that it was clear the GED had been left recently be­cause it wasn't wet despite the rain earlier in the night.

Sabot was arrested Friday night after briefly trying to escape Moorhead police on a bicycle and on foot, contends a report filed with a citation for eluding police.

Sabot allegedly possessed three vodka bottles and a beer can at the time of his arrest, and police quoted him as saying, "I shouldn't have let them use my car," when he was asked about the burglaries. Police also said he indicated it was his fault for "working with a bunch of young kids."

Nicholas Wallace Johnson, 20, of Glyndon, is an alleged accomplice in two Memorial Day break-ins in Sabin, at the General Store and the C-Store, as well as at a convenience store in Elizabeth, in Otter Tail County.

Clay County charges are also filed against Johnson, though he hasn't yet been arrested, court records say.

Officers say Johnson told them Sabot and two 18-year-olds who haven't yet been charged joined him in burglarizing the stores. He said they couldn't access the C-Store's safe or ATM and took a cash drawer box that had no money in it from the General Store.

The owner of the C-Store told deputies the only item missing was a $50 carton of Marlboro cigarettes.

Investigators claim they found a car similar to one seen on a security video during the burglary in Elizabeth in Sabot's driveway. A search of the impounded car found three tire irons and a flashlight, the complaint claims.

Sabot has a 1996 burglary conviction in Clay County. Johnson has two burglary convictions from Norman County in 2010 and a conviction in Clay County for burglary from 2007.

During a court appearance on Monday, Sabot's bail was set at $10,000 without conditions or $5,000 with conditions.

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