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Man already faces felony theft charge accused of stealing vehicle

May 11 – A man charged in April with stealing more than $6,000 in tools and equipment from a Kalispell shed is back in county jail after allegedly boosting a car while on bail.

Nathaniel Ray Warner, 25, is being held at the Flathead County Detention Center on $40,000 bond. He appeared briefly before Judge Dan Wilson, without his attorney, in district court on May 6.

Warner first came to the attention of Kalispell police after a morning break-in on April 17. The owner of a storage shed provided officers with security video showing two men entering the structure between 3 and 4 a.m.

The victim estimated that approximately $6,000 in tools were stolen from the shed. When officers noted that the individuals filmed also came out with a long gun and arrows, the victim said he allowed friends to store goods in the shed.

According to court documents, investigators identified Warner as one of the men in the footage. At approximately 5:28 p.m. that same day, officers recognized Warner during a traffic stop on West Sixth Avenue.

During the stop, officers noticed a set of bows and arrows hidden behind the driver’s seat, according to court documents. They also spotted tool boxes on the front passenger seat.

When questioned, Warner allegedly admitted to taking a rifle, a fly-fishing rod, a tool case and the arrows from the shed. He identified 26-year-old Trevor Berggren as his accomplice and accused the other man of taking a pole saw, shop vacuum, air compressor and power tools, court documents show.

Berggren faces a single count of felony theft in Flathead County District Court.

Arrested and charged with felony theft, Warner was released on his own recognizance. But on May 4, Montana Highway Patrol troopers allegedly caught him driving a stolen Subaru Outback.

REPORTED STOLEN Earlier in the day, the owners of the vehicle came across the Outback at approximately 3:27 p.m. near the East Reserve Drive terminus. Responding soldiers and Kalispell police officers found Warner, a woman and two dogs in the vehicle along with drug paraphernalia, cash and a scale, according to court documents.

Officers also recovered evidence that Warner cut the vehicle’s catalytic converter, including a reciprocating saw and two pieces of exhaust, according to court documents.

Authorities arranged for animal control to pick up the two dogs as they arrested Warner and his passenger. Authorities later discovered approximately 2 grams of methamphetamine in the bags belonging to the pair recovered from the Outback. Warner and the woman with him claimed the drugs as theirs, according to court documents.

For his part, Warner reportedly told investigators that he purchased the vehicle earlier in the day. According to court documents, he ran into a man who was selling him for $300. Sick of walking, Warner decided to buy it, he told officers.

Warner is expected in court on May 19 for his arraignment.

Managing Editor Derrick Perkins can be reached at 758-4430 or [email protected]