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PR man charged with illegal possession of firearm

A Park Rapids man has been charged in Becker County District Court on felony charges including two counts of illegal possession of a firearm and a third count of receiving stolen property.

Michael Nicholas Thelen Jr., 39, of 37075 County Road 127, Park Rapids, was charged after his vehicle was stopped on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on April 20.

After he was arrested, his vehicle was impounded and searched; inside were found two firearms and numerous items including power tools, a coin collection, jewelry, camcorder and trail camera; the items were subsequently discovered to have been stolen.

Thelen was also prohibited from possessing a firearm as the result of a 1993 conviction for third degree burglary in Hubbard County.

He is currently in custody at the Becker County Jail pending a May 13 omnibus hearing. His bail was set at $100,000 with conditions, or $200,000 without conditions.