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Baumgardner Burglary Investigation Update

Posted 9/11/2012 11:13 AM by KWESTBERG

Spokane County Sheriff's Office Investigative Task Force Detectives have made a second arrest involving Troy Baumgardner's burglary investigation. Troy's 31 year old brother Theodore (Teddy) Baumgardner was arrested by ITF detectives yesterday, September 10, 2012, at his Deer Park residence.

Through the ITF detectives investigation, they learned Teddy sent Troy a picture on his cell phone of an unoccupied house for sale which Troy eventually burglarized. When ITF detectives served a search warrant at Troy's East Montgomery residence on September 4th, they located a microwave, dishwasher and entire door and door frame in a stolen van Troy had been driving. This was in addition to over $200,000 worth of stolen merchandise taken from Aspen Sound and Payless Shoes. The dishwasher still had water leaking from the hoses. Detectives believe Troy took the entire door and framing so investigators would not be able to match his shoe prints from kicking the door open.

On Monday, September 10th, detectives contacted Teddy at his residence near the 1000 block of North Oasis Road near Dear Park. Detectives learned Teddy had been re-modeling his basement and determined wood used in his project was wood stolen from the May 29th burglary at Discount Lumber. Detectives also confirmed lights in the basement and wall heaters were stolen from Traditions Retirement Center on North Mill Road sometime in late May, early June of this year.

Additionally, ITF detectives served a second search warrant on Monday, September 10th, at 415 East Montgomery. Detectives learned that all the furniture and tables inside Troy Baumgardner's residence had been stolen out of a vacant, new home for sale located a couple of houses away from Teddy's residence on Oasis Road. Detectives also located additional building supplies during the second warrant that were taken from a second, new, unoccupied home also near Teddy's residence.

ITF detectives have had a difficult time finding the owners of several items recovered in this investigation. Several victims told detectives they had not made reports for a variety of reasons. Investigators would like to remind victims of any type of crime to report the incident so they are able to return recovered, stolen items when located.

Theodore Baumgardner was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the felony charges of Residential Burglary and 2nd Degree Theft. Both Troy and Theodore will be facing additional charges as the investigation continues.