SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane deputies have taken down a man they believe is behind a major commercial burglary ring. Spokane County Sheriff's Office Investigative Task Force (ITF) arrested Troy Baumgardner, 37, Tuesday night after they said he stole from several businesses across Spokane.
Deputies raided his home at 416 E. Montgomery and found an estimated $200,000 in stolen property. In fact, Baumgardner hoarded so much stolen stuff that investigators said he couldn't lie down in his own home.
Deputy Craig Chamberlin, Spokesperson for the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said, "This is the single largest monetary recovery of property in one single search warrant that any of us can remember or recall."
Baungardner is currently in the Spokane County jail on charges second degree burglary, first Degree Theft, and second Degree Malicious Mischief.
Meanwhile, after deputies hauled all of the stolen property out of Baumgardner's home on Wednesday, his front lawn began to look like a yard sale. Victims of the burglaries, including Aspen Sound Owner Kirk Payne and Store Manager Darian Jorden, were called to look through the items and take inventory of any goods belonging to them.
"It pretty much is our store out here," Jorden said.
Deputies said Baumgardner broke into Aspen Sound, at North Division Street in Spokane, over the July 4th weekend and stole more than 400 pieces of stereo equipment which was worth an estimated $150,000.
"I pulled up and I was in shock going 'Oh my God, that's all my stuff,'" Payne said.
Jorden added, "Oh, it's been a nightmare."
It was a nightmare for several businesses.
Starting in May, investigators said Baumgardner broke into several stores including Payless Shoes in the Shadle area on July 30, 2012 and stole hundreds of pairs of shoes. The estimated loss to Payless was over $40,000.
Detectives said they also found landscape material stolen from a local landscape company over this past weekend. The loss to the landscape company was an estimated $3,500.
Deputies said the burglaries began at Discount Lumber on May 29, 2012. Surveillance video from the lumber yard caught a man - later identified as Baumgardner - loading 2x4 studs into his van.
In every burglary case , deputies said, Baumgardner would clear the shelves, pack the goods into a stolen van, and drive them to his home.
"He was very meticulous in that he put sticky notes on the model number, the type of item it was, and the price that he was selling it for," Chamberlin said.
A break came when investigators got a tip about stolen property in a storage shed. Using surveillance, the ITF traced the stolen van back to Baumgardner. They arrested him Tuesday night. He nearly got away but deputies chased him down, tased and then booked him in the Spokane County Jail.
"I was pretty stoked to be able to get it all back though, I'll tell you that much," Jorden said.
Sheriff's deputies believe Baumgardner could also be responsible for several other large-scale commercial burglaries in Spokane County. They said additional charges are expected as ITF detectives continue their investigation.