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Bail Set for Three Accused of Breaking into Churches

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Missoula justice of the peace has set bail for three people accused of burglarizing churches.

Deputy Missoula County Attorney Shawn Thomas says in charging documents the break-ins started Nov. 25 and continued through last week. They include four churches, two of which were broken into multiple times.

The Missoulian reports police arrested 20-year-old Drake Anthony Hotzel, 19-year-old Jon Phillip Worcester and 19-year-old Mackenzie Raye Culp.

They are charged with conspiracy to commit burglary.

Thomas’ affidavit says Worcester told authorities he and Hotzel got a rush from the break-ins. Culp allegedly drove the getaway car.

Hotzel and Worcester allegedly used a Christmas tree to break one church window.

They appeared Monday before Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech, who set $75,000 bail for the men and $5,000 for Culp.

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