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Grand Forks man sentenced for burglarizing church

GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks man was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for ransacking and attempting to steal 20 backpacks of items in January from Hope Evangelical Church in Grand Forks.

GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks man was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for ransacking and attempting to steal 20 backpacks of items in January from Hope Evangelical Church in Grand Forks.

Evan Ross Bohlman, 26, was charged Jan. 14 in Grand Forks District Court with burglary, a Class B felony, and theft of property, a Class C felony. The burglary charge was changed in February to a Class C felony, according to court documents.

Bohlman was found sleeping early Jan. 13 on a couch in the church by the church secretary and child care director, but security footage first showed Bohlman in the church at 10 p.m. the day before. He ransacked the place, damaging locks to gain access to different rooms in the building, church staff said. He collected 20 backpacks of items, including technology equipment, a computer and cameras, according to court documents.

Bohlman was arrested by Grand Forks police on Jan. 13 after church staff reported the burglary

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