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CROWN POINT | A Gary resident followed a trail of corn dogs from his house to a block away as he tried to investigate who broke into his home on New Year's Day. 

Thomas E. Martinez, 36, of Gary, was charged Thursday with burglary, a Level 4 felony, in the break-in. A warrant was issued last week for Martinez's arrest.

A homeowner in the 2900 block of Tompkins Street said he came home early Jan. 1 from celebrating New Year's Eve to find his windows had been smashed. According to the affidavit, he discovered his television, an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, coins and eight boxes of corn dogs were missing.

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A drop of blood was found in the man's freezer where the corn dogs had been stored, along with blood near the windows and living room.

The man went outside and followed a trail of corn dogs that led him to Martinez's home, according to the affidavit. The blood found in the home also matched a DNA sample from Martinez, police said.  

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