Two Hamilton men landed in jail over the weekend for allegedly burglarizing four Hamilton businesses on Sunday night.
Ryan Mitchell Bragg, 19, and Jeremy Bridger Lentz, 20, appeared before Ravalli County Justice of the Peace Robin Clute on Monday. Both were charged with five felony counts of burglary, three counts of misdemeanor theft, and two counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief.
According to court documents, on Feb. 9 Hamilton police officer Norm Williams took a report of a burglary at Kingdom Skateboards in Hamilton. Williams investigated and determined that a window had been broken and approximately $1,000 in clothing, hats and merchandise had been removed from the store.
Later the same day, Williams received a report of a burglary at Phat Tats Tattoo Parlor, also in Hamilton. A glass door had been broken there, but Williams could not immediately identify any items from the store that were missing.
Williams then took a report of a third burglary, this time at Ford’s Department Store. A glass door had been broken there, but Williams couldn’t determine if anything was missing.
At about 7:45 p.m., an off-duty dispatcher reported that two suspicious males wearing bandannas across their faces were standing near the front windows of a business in the 200 block of West Main Street in Hamilton. Hamilton police officer Daniel Altschwager immediately located the males and identified them as Lentz and Bragg.
At the time, Lentz was allegedly wearing clothing matching the description of items taken from Kingdom Skateboards and both were taken into custody for questioning. A BB gun and switchblade knife were recovered from Lentz during a patdown search.
The men were interviewed separately. Both allegedly admitted to burglarizing Kingdom Skateboards and removing items before returning to their motel room. Lentz also stated that they later returned to the skateboard shop a second time to remove more merchandise.
The men allegedly admitted to using a rock to break the glass door at the tattoo parlor, but that they were unable to find anything to take inside the business. The men also allegedly admitted to stealing merchandise worth less than $1,500 at Ford’s Department Store.
The men also allegedly admitted to breaking into a fourth business, Bitterroot Trading Post, by using a rock to break a glass door but were unable to find anything to steal inside.
Bragg’s bail was set at $10,000 and Lentz’s bail was set at $50,000.
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