Update: Man Charged in Connection with Grand Rapids Burglary

By KBJR News 1

Update: Man Charged in Connection with Grand Rapids Burglary

April 16, 2013 Updated Apr 16, 2013 at 12:38 PM CDT

Grand Rapids, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A Detroit Lakes, MN man has been charged in connection with a Grand Rapids home burglary over the weekend.

25 year old Steven Lee Carpenter was charged with felony First Degree Burglary in connection with the home burglary over the weekend.

According to the Itasca County Attorney, Carpenter broke into a home on the 600 block of Pokegama Avenue north, stealing a firearm and other items.

According to the Grand Rapids Police Department, officers tried to stop Carpenter as he fled on foot to a nearby house.

Authorities say they secured that home and, with the help of a Crisis Negotiator, were able to get Carpenter and the juvenile male to leave the house.

They were arrested without further incident.

"We had the crisis negotiator make contact with the suspect who we were able to identify and get a phone number for and contact that individual on his cell phone," says Grand Rapids Police Chief Jim Denny.

Carpenter could spend 20 years behind bars, if convicted. Bail was set at $100,000 without conditions or $50,000 with the condition that he have no contact with the victim, keep all court dates, keep in contact with his attorney and not use alcohol or drugs.

Carpenter is expected back in court next Monday.