Warrant issued in church burglary

| July 30, 2011

CHIPPEWA FALLS – The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department has issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of breaking into a Chippewa Falls church in July 2009.

Taylor V. Powers, 20, 4617 147th St., Chippewa Falls, was charged in May in Chippewa County Court with one count of burglary to a building, which carries a maximum penalty of 12 1/2 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Powers also was charged with theft and criminal damage to property.

The county's victim/witness coordinator office recommended that Powers pay $12,500 in restitution and court fees.

However, Powers skipped his court appearance earlier this month. An arrest warrant was issued Friday, court records show. The Sheriff's Department will pick up Powers anywhere in state.

The theft at Crossroads Church in Chippewa Falls occurred on July 19, 2009. Church members discovered the break-in the next morning. The kitchen area was in disarray. A large-screen television and speakers were taken, along with a DVD player from the sound booth. The missing items were valued at more than $10,000, said Chippewa Falls Detective David Johnson.



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