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Burglary suspect appears in court

WORTHINGTON -- A man facing charges stemming from his alleged Sunday burglary of a residence in Worthington made his first appearance Tuesday afternoon in Nobles County District Court.

Eric Norman Kinley, 39, was subsequently arrested Sunday afternoon on the fairway of the seventh hole at Worthington Country Club.

After fleeing from the location of the alleged burglary on foot, Kinley was apprehended shortly thereafter by the Worthington Police Department officers with the assistance of a Worthington Police Department K-9 officer, Thor, and support of the Minnesota State Patrol as well as citizen eyewitnesses. 

Kinley currently stands charged with first-degree burglary and fourth-degree assault of a peace officer (both felonies), theft/obstruction of legal process and forced/attempted assault of a police dog (all gross misdemeanors), and disorderly conduct. The property allegedly stolen by Kinley was returned to its owner.

Bond on Mr. Kinley was set in the amount of $50,000 without conditions, or $25,000 with conditions of abstinence from alcohol and nonprescribed drugs, random testing, making court appearances and staying in contact with his attorney, exclusion from the burglary victim's residence, and no contact with the burglary victim. 

His next court appearance is is scheduled for July 26 in Nobles County District Court.