Christian Dahm charged with burglarizing a Hillman church

Christian Thomas Dahm, 34, Brainerd, was charged Feb. 20, with one felony count of third degree burglary by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.

On June 23, 2012, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary at the Lakeview Community Church in Hillman. An exterior glass window had been broken to gain entrance.

Because the window was narrow, and there were still shards of glass in the frame, the deputy suspected the burglar was probably cut.

While taking inventory of what was stolen, the deputy also looked for blood. A smudge was found on the door, the deputy collected a sample and packaged it for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).

In August 2012, the deputy received a BCA report stating the blood matched that of Dahm.  In September 2012, an investigator went to Dahm’s residence in Crow Wing County and took a DNA sample.

At the residence, a Suzuki Grand Vitara tire treads were found that appeared to match the tracks left at the crime scene. Photos of the tire treads were taken for evidence.

In October 2012, the BCA results showed Dahm matched the sample taken from the swab of blood at the church.

Stolen items were valued at $15,000.

If convicted, Dahm faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.