Huge theft ring busted in Northeast Spokane

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 9:04 PM

SPOKANE-- Spokane County Sheriff's detectives found more than $200,000 in stolen property at a Northeast Spokane residence on Wednesday.

Officials executed a search warrant at 415 East Montgomery Avenue at 10:45 p.m. and found more than $200,000 in property allegedly stolen from businesses in the Shadle area.

Detectives found more than 400 pieces of stereo equipment taken from a burglary at Aspen Sound between July 3rd and July 4th. The estimated retail value of the equipment was more than $200,000.

Several hundred pairs of shoes worth $40,000 were also located in the residence. Deputies said the shoes were stolen during a burglary at Payless Shoes on Wellesley on July 30th.

There was so much stolen merchandise in Baumgardner's fourplex that he couldn't lay down according to officials.

On May 29th, a stolen van driven by Troy Baumgardner, 37, was caught on camera burglarizing Discount Lumber.  The loss to the lumber company was $3,500.

Baumgardner was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the charges of 2nd Degree Burglary, 1st Degree Theft, and 2nd Degree Malicious Mischief.

Detectives believe Baumgardner could be behind many other commercial burglaries across Spokane, however they are not certain if he worked alone or is part of a bigger ring. Additional charges are expected as detectives continue their investigation.

Detectives told KREM 2 News this is the largest monetary recovery that they have ever been affiliated with.
 

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