Man accused of stealing $200K in merchandise pleads guilty



Posted on September 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 25 at 7:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A man accused of stealing $200,000 in merchandise from several businesses pleaded guilty in court Wednesday.

Troy Baumgardner was caught on camera back in 2012 stealing items from Discount Lumber. He was sentenced to 51 months in jail. After his sentence was read Baumgarder was smiling.

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Investigators called this the biggest burglary case in the department’s history.

Detectives executed a search warrant at Baumgardner’s home on September 6, 2012. Detectives found more than 400 pieces of stereo equipment taken from a burglary at Aspen Sound between July 3 and July 4. The estimated retail value of the equipment was more than $200,000.

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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 30.

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

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Baumgardner also has a parole violation in California. After he serves the 51 months in Spokane he could be exradited back to California.

Baumgardner was originally charged with 2nd Degree Burglary, 1st Degree Theft, and 2nd Degree Malicious Mischief.