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A homeless woman and a Florence man were charged Thursday with allegedly burglarizing a home in the Stevensville area over a seven-month-long period.

Sydney Marie Clarke, aka Sydney Marie Evers, 29, and Tyler Gharrett Wilkinson, 24, appeared in Justice Court on felony counts of burglary and theft, and misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and trespass to property.

According the Deputy County Attorney Thorin Geist’s charging affidavit, a California couple with a summer residence near Stevensville called the sheriff’s department on May 16 to report a burglary.

The couple told the three officers who arrived on the scene that they had not been back to their Stevensville residence since September. When they arrived, they found the padlock on their front gate had been changed, which forced them to cut the chain to gain entrance to their property.

Once inside, they spotted a man and a woman coming out of the bushes. The man immediately ran away. The woman told the couple they were looking for their phone and then she left.

The couple discovered their home had been broken into and damaged. It was later determined that more than $10,000 in property had been taken from the residence, including $1,000 in cash and a Jeep Wrangler, which had been kept in the shop.

The owners later found a multitude of drug paraphernalia on the property, as well as a pair of work gloves with the initials “T.W.” on them.

The homeowners provided the sheriff’s office with the SD card from a game camera they had set on their property.

According to the affidavit, Wilkinson and Clarke were photographed. The photographs allegedly showed Wilkinson primarily entering the home and taking property.

Deputies located the Jeep Wrangler at a trailer residence on Eight Mile Creek Road. Wilkinson had three active warrant for his arrest at the time.

Wilkinson was taken into custody at the home. Clarke was arrested later. She denied ever being at the property.

Ravalli County Justice Jennifer Ray set bail at $25,000 for Wilkinson and $15,000 for Clarke.

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