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Arrest warrants issued in Valley City church burglary

VALLEY CITY -- 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.

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

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.

In some incidents, the burglars entered through unsecured doors, while in other cases they had forced their way in, Thompson said.

All the burglaries could be the work of the same person or people, due to similarities observed at the scenes, he said. At this time, Miklas and Lindermann are suspected only in the Faith Lutheran burglary.

Faith Lutheran Church was also set on fire by arson Oct. 21, which caused upward of $1 million in damage.

It is not clear whether the fire is related to the burglaries, and the fire remains under investigation by Valley City police and federal and state investigators.

Valley City police request that anyone with information on these cases contact them at (701) 845-3110.

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