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Warrant issued for Montrose man facing charges in Sunburg home invasion last fall

WILLMAR –– A Montrose man failed to appear Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court on felony charges linked to a 2013 burglary and theft from a rural Sunburg home, and an arrest warrant was issued.

Michael John Walker, 46, was scheduled to make a first court appearance Wednesday on felony charges of first-degree burglary of a dwelling and theft, but he failed to appear.

According to the complaint filed against him, Walker faces charges in connection with the Sept. 28 burglary of a home on state Highway 9.

A child was home alone at the time of the incident, which happened at about 10:45 a.m. that day.

The juvenile told police that she heard someone knocking loudly on the door, and two men broke a door into the garage and entered the house.

As the juvenile hid in a bedroom, the intruders could be heard rummaging in the room next door.

The men then tried to enter the juvenile’s room, but the child was able to keep the door shut.

When the intruders left, the juvenile called 911.

The homeowners reported the theft of jewelry, cash and savings bonds totaling nearly $12,000.

According to the criminal complaint, when Walker was stopped two days later in Minneapolis for a traffic violation, police found 19 savings bonds in Walker’s pockets and two boxes of jewelry in the car.

The savings bonds were issued in the name of the alleged burglary victim and the homeowners later identified the jewelry.

The investigation also included discovering that some of the jewelry had been sold to a pawn shop by two other individuals, including a man who had been with Walker during the Sept. 30 traffic stop.

During an interview with police in October, Walker denied knowing about the bonds or jewelry.

A search warrant for Walker’s pre-paid cell phone records indicates the phone “pinged” off a tower near the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building on the day of the burglary.

According to court records, Walker has a long history of convictions of robbery, burglary and terroristic threats.

In January, a federal grand jury handed down an indictment against Walker for possessing a Molotov cocktail.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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