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Man who broke into school now facing allegations of burglary at church

Ryan Tracy Lamb

A Crookston man allegedly broke into a Grand Forks home and burglarized Holy Family Catholic Church. He pleaded guilty earlier this month for burglarizing St. Michael's School.

Ryan Tracy Lamb, 29, is facing two charges of burglary, which each hold maximum penalties of five years in prison.

An affidavit for Lamb's arrest said employees at Holy Family Church, at 1018 18th Ave. S., reported someone had stayed in the building overnight and stolen several items on Sept. 4.

A man who resembles Lamb is seen on surveillance footage several times in the church, according to a court document. Employees reported the building's doors lock automatically every night, but Lamb got into the office, which is not normally accessible to the public, the affidavit said.

Lamb allegedly stole a Lenovo laptop and other items, totalling a value of $1,500.

On Sept. 29 a man reported someone broke into his home on the 400 block of Campbell Drive and left behind shoes, a poker chip set, a box of pots and pans and a laptop, the affidavit said.

The laptop matched the one stolen from Holy Family and the affidavit said a DNA swab from the shoe matched Lamb.

A woman reported on Sept. 30 that several things were stolen from her garage on the 1800 block of Cottonwood Street, the affidavit said. A 2014 Buick Enclave was missing along with a poker chip set and a set of pots and pans, the court document said.

An officer allegedly saw Lamb driving the car that afternoon. The woman was also able to identify the items found with Lamb's DNA, according to the affidavit.

Lamb is currently serving a three-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty earlier this month for burglarizing St. Michael's School on Sept. 22. The new burglary charges were filed Tuesday. He is scheduled to enter a plea April 15.

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