A man accused in April of stealing more than $6,000 in tools and equipment from the Kalispell shed was returned to the county jail after he allegedly lifted the car as it drove out before trial.
Nathaniel Ray Warner, 25, is being held in Flathead County Detention Center on $40,000 bond. He appeared briefly before Judge Dan Wilson, without his attorney, in district court on May 6.
Warner first came to the attention of Kalispell police after the early morning break-in on April 17. The owner of a storage shed provided officers with a security video showing two men entering the building between 3 and 4 a.m.
The victim estimated $6,000 worth of tools stolen from the shed. When the officers noticed that the individuals on camera also came out with a long gun and arrows, the victim said he had allowed his friends to store the goods in the shed.
According to court documents, investigators identified Warner as one of the men in the footage. At approximately 5:28 p.m. that same day, police officers recognized Warner during a traffic stop at Sixth Avenue West.
Court documents stated that while stopping, officers noticed a group of bow and arrows folded behind the driver’s seat. They also spotted tool boxes in the front passenger seat.
Under questioning, Warner allegedly confessed to taking a rifle, fishing rod, tool bag, and arrows from the shed. Court documents said he identified Trevor Bergreen, 26, as his partner and accused the other man of taking a saw, a vacuum cleaner, an air compressor and power tools.
Berggren faces one count of felony theft in Flathead County Court.
Warner was arrested and charged with theft, and released on his own vow. But on May 4, Montana Highway soldiers allegedly caught him behind the wheel of a stolen Subaru Outback.
I mentioned theft Earlier in the day, owners of the car came through the Outback at about 3:27 p.m. near the East Reserve Drive station. Court documents said first responders and Kalispell police officers found Warner, a woman and two dogs in the car, along with drug paraphernalia, money and a scale.
Court documents said officers also found evidence that Warner had cut off the vehicle’s catalytic converter, including a reciprocating saw and two exhaust pieces.
Authorities arranged for animal control to pick up the two dogs while Warner and his passenger were arrested. Authorities later revealed about 2 grams of methamphetamine in the bags of the pair, which were retrieved from remote areas. Court documents said both Warner and the woman who was with him claimed the drugs were drugs to them.
For his part, Warner allegedly told investigators that he had purchased the car earlier in the day. According to court documents, he came across a man selling it for $300. Warner was tired of walking, and decided to buy it, he told police officers.
Warner is expected to return to court on May 19 to be charged.
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