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Duluth man arrested after allegedly trying to steal moped, break into vehicles

A Duluth man apparently was left unsatisfied after his plan to a steal a moped from the back of a pickup truck was foiled by the vehicle’s owner on Saturday.

Just an hour after being confronted by the owner of the moped, dropping the scooter and fleeing from the confrontation, 27-year-old Timothy Lane Sandstrom was caught in the act of prowling vehicles just blocks away, police said Monday.

Officers were called to the 10 block of West Michigan Street just before 11 a.m. Saturday on the report of a moped theft. The scooter’s owner reported that the suspect had stolen a moped out of the bed of his truck. The man confronted the alleged thief at Lake Avenue and Superior Street, and the suspect dropped the bike and fled on foot, police said.

An hour later, police received a call of a man prowling vehicles in the Duluth Depot parking lot, 500 W. Michigan St. Witnesses reported that the man had tried doors to two locked vehicles before entering a third unlocked car. Responding officers found the man still inside the car, and he was arrested. The man, later identified as Sandstrom, matched the description given by the moped owner, police said.

Sandstrom was booked into the St. Louis County Jail on four counts of motor vehicle tampering,  as well as motor vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle.

Police reported that Sandstrom has previous convictions for theft of a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated (2010), fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance (2010) and fifth-degree sale of a controlled substance (2012).