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Forum News Service, Published January 02 2014

Bail raised for suspect in Itasca County church break-ins

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. - Bail was increased Thursday for a Grand Rapids man facing 15 charges related to multiple burglaries at churches across Itasca County the past year.

Danny Edward Madsen, 42, faces nine counts of second-degree burglary and six counts relating to the church break-ins, including receiving stolen property and possession of burglary tools.

Madsen was arrested Dec. 26 and made his first court appearance a day later, with bail set at $50,000 without conditions or $25,000 with conditions, including constant contact with his attorney and no contact with churches in the county.

Bail was raised Thursday by $25,000 in both instances.

Madsen is accused of taking items since June from churches in Grand Rapids (Calvary Pine Baptist, Itasca Bible Church), Bigfork (Grace Community Church, Assembly of God), Deer River (Independent Apostolic Church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church), Cohasset (West Cohasset Chapel), Bovey (Balsam Bible Chapel) and Pengilly (Crossroads Family Church).

He also is accused of burglarizing a cabin near Effie.

Madsen remains in the Itasca County Jail, awaiting his next court appearance Monday.