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Mitchell Raymond Bugge

Omnibus hearing set for June 28 in burglary cases; plea deal in works

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The omnibus hearings for two Park Rapids men charged in a slew of cabin burglaries has been reset for June 28 due to the "voluminous discovery" provided their public attorneys.

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Mitchell Raymond Bugge, 37, and Michael Gene Moorhouse, 29, have been incarcerated since their arrests in late May. Each faces numerous counts of Second Degree Burglary in connection with the crime spree that is believed to have occurred between March and May of 2010.

Bugge, who has undergone a radical transformation in jail, is additionally charged with possessing a firearm while on probation for a previous burglary and assault. He appeared in court Monday clean-shaven with a trimmed goatee and with his hair cut short.

Public defender Jennifer Nelson, who represents Bugge, said in court a plea deal is in the works.

The men are charged with taking hundreds of items including tools, electronics, fishing gear and other items.

According to the criminal complaint, "Bugge stated that he and Moorhouse broke into the residences with the intention of taking property and having a garage sale this summer."

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

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