Deputies with Montana’s Flathead County Sheriff’s Office have made two arrests in a large-scale theft early Thursday morning at Gardner’s RV and Trailer Center in Kalispell.
According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, Jan Vondrich, 24, and Kevin Everett, 22, were arrested and charged with felony theft Friday morning. Both are from the Flathead Valley.
The arrests follow the forced entry into 12 recreational vehicles and theft of several flat-screen televisions, DVD players and stereo equipment.
The total value of the stolen items and damage to the RVs was estimated at $20,000 by Gardner’s Sales Manager Shawn Bergeson.
Bergeson said the incident was captured on the business’ security cameras. Footage from the cameras showed the thieves being dropped off and jumping the fence into the dealership. Later, a truck pulled in and turned its lights off while it was loaded with the stolen merchandise.
“One of our sales guys went out looking for it and found it at about 11:30 [Thursday] night,” Bergeson said of the truck.
The truck was parked at an apartment complex on Liberty Street and still had most of the stolen merchandise in it. Sheriff’s deputies waited outside for the individuals to return to the truck, which led to the arrest of Vondrich and Everett.
“When we called in and filed the report we got a nice response,” Bergeson said. “They showed up pretty promptly and had several guys working on it. They were a big help.”
Bergeson said he believes the thieves eventually would have been caught even without the help of the security cameras. One of the thieves left several items behind in a few of the RVs, including a flashlight, a screwdriver and his tool bag, which had his name written on the inside.
Of the stolen items, four or five television have not yet been found.