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Forum News Service, Published October 30 2013

Arrest warrants issued in Valley City church burglary

VALLEY CITY, N.D. - Arrest warrants have been issued for two suspects in one of several recent church burglaries in Valley City.

Warrants for Andrew M. Miklas, 25, of Valley City, and Nicole Lindermann, 18, of Kathryn, include charges connected with the burglary of Faith Lutheran Church, according to a Valley City Police Department news release Wednesday.

Miklas’ warrant lists the charges of burglary, which is a felony, and theft of property, a misdemeanor.

Lindermann was identified as an accomplice, and her warrant includes a charge of conspiracy to commit burglary, a felony.

“It was determined that Lindermann waited outside the church in a vehicle while Miklas was inside the church committing the burglary,” Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson said in the release.

During the weekend of Sept. 28 and 29, multiple churches were burglarized, including Trinity Lutheran Church, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the Congregational United Church of Christ. The Valley City Public Library was also burglarized that weekend.

The church burglaries remain under investigation and additional arrests are expected, Thompson said.

Faith Lutheran Church also experienced a fire Oct. 21 that caused upward of $1 million in damage. The fire was ruled arson, and it is unclear whether it is related to the burglaries.