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A Hamilton man was charged with breaking into several vehicles and outbuildings at a residence on Hamilton’s Main Street.

Ghlee Daniel Blickenstaff, 31, appeared in Ravalli County Justice Court earlier this week on felony changes of burglary and attempted theft as well as several misdemeanor counts.

Blickenstaff was arrested on July 10 after a Hamilton homeowner reported that she had confronted a man seen taking items out of an outbuilding on her property and piling them under a tree near the street, according to Ravalli County Deputy Attorney Daniel Browder’s charging affidavit.

The woman told an officer with the sheriff’s office the man left her property after she confronted him. She said the man was wearing black leggings under shorts.

A Hamilton police officer spotted a man matching that description on Cooper Lane.

The man initially identified himself as “Zachary Weaver” to the officer, but produced identification with Blickenstaff’s name. The affidavit said Blickenstaff then told the officer he was Blickenstaff’s brother, but eventually said the identification was his.

Blickenstaff was arrested at that point on an outstanding parole warrant for absconding from supervision.

The woman who called in the report told an officer that she, her husband and three adult sons now live at the residence and all five of their vehicles were parked there during the alleged burglary.

The woman said she happened to look out the window at the same time that a man was coming out of the “ATV shed” on the property and watched as he attempted to pry off a padlock on another part of the shed.

She went outside and told him to leave the property. The man then walked away.

The woman showed the officer several items that had been removed from the shed. Three of the five vehicles had been entered and damaged. It appeared there had been an attempt to “hot wire” one of the vehicles.

Security camera footage showed a man on the property who appeared to be Blickenstaff, said the affidavit.

Ravalli County Justice Jennifer Ray set bail at $15,000.


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