But they still got their man.
Ricky Brown, 36, of Sandusky, was charged with possession of criminal tools, obstructing official business, criminal trespassing, criminal damaging and carrying concealed weapons.
Officers also served Brown a search warrant.
It all started when a resident heard smashing glass at about 11 p.m. in the 200 block of Franklin St. She told police she thought someone was breaking into an abandoned building nearby.
Officers immediately spotted a man, identified as Brown, standing by the building. When police called out Brown bolted into a row of backyards.
Police weren't far behind.
In the 400 block of E. Washington St. Brown slipped on a icy driveway and went down. Undeterred, police ran out and followed suit.
"As officers attempted to take the subject into custody we all fell on the ice," a Sandusky police report said.
After handcuffing Brown officers found a flashlight and pocket knife in his pockets.
Brown, who'd recently broke his pelvis in a car crash, complained of back and leg injuries, so paramedics took him to the hospital.
Police then retraced his tracks to a broken window at the abandoned building.
There they found a green propane tank used to break out the window.
Police issued Brown a copy of his charges and let him sign a personal recognizance bond.