Burglary suspects in custody
Both suspects in a Valley City church burglary are in custody at the Cass County Jail after being arrested with multiple stolen vehicles in Hillsboro, N.D.
Andrew Miklas, 25, of Valley City, and Nicole Lindermann, 18, of Kathryn, were both arrested Thursday night, according to Hillsboro Police Department.
Hillsboro police had received a call about two suspicious people staying at the Hillsboro Inn. It was discovered that the vehicle the people had arrived in was stolen out of Hannaford and matched the description of a vehicle used in a burglary in Aneta.
A second vehicle was found stolen out of Casselton, Hillsboro police said.
Miklas and Lindermann were arrested for possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and outstanding warrants for burglary, Hillsboro police said.
The Traill County Sheriff’s Department, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Cass County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the scene.
Miklas is being held at the Cass County Jail on charges of criminal conspiracy to commit burglary in Barnes County and possession of stolen property in Traill County, a Cass County Jail spokeswoman said. All charges are Class C felonies, she said.
He will be sent to Traill County first, then to Barnes County, she said.
Lindermann is being held in the Cass County Jail, charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.
She had previously turned herself in to Barnes County authorities Oct. 30, which was the same day the arrest warrant from Valley City police was issued, connecting Lindermann and Miklas with a burglary at Faith Lutheran Church.
Lindermann had been released from the Barnes County Jail on a $4,000 unsecured appearance bond. She was charged with criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, a felony, according to court records.
Barnes County Sheriff Randy McClaflin had not been aware of Lindermann’s Hillsboro arrest Tuesday, and said that it would be up to a judge to decide if Lindermann’s bond would be revoked, considering her recent arrest.
The investigation of the church burglary is continuing, McClaflin said.
Faith Lutheran Church is one of four churches that were burglarized over the weekend of Sept. 28 and 29. The Valley City Public Library was also burglarized that weekend.
Valley City police have said the church burglaries appear to be related, based on observations at the scenes.
It is unclear if the church burglaries are related to an arson fire at Faith Lutheran Church Oct. 21. The fire caused about $2.2 million in damage and is under investigation by Valley City police and state and federal investigators.
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