Posted: Jul 30, 2013 7:37 PM by MTN News
Five Great Falls men have been charged in a string of break-ins around Great Falls.
Benjamin Lefever, Blake Green, Taylor Kaul, Jean-Denis Ducimetiere, and Jesse Johnson are all facing 26 criminal charges.
These include nine felony burglary charges, four felony theft charges, and six misdemenor charges of criminal trespass to a vehicle.
Bail for each of them was set at $20,000.
Throughout July, Great Falls Police and Cascade County Sheriff's deputies investigated burglaries of garages, homes and vehicles.
Searches of the suspects' homes indicated that all five men took part in at least 100 burglaries and thefts.
They would allegedly drive around Great Falls neighborhoods looking for unlocked cars and homes to enter.
When questioned by police, Lefever indicated that they committed 15 burglaries or thefts a night, and he estimated that they had committed at least 100 burglaries and thefts within the last month.
Items stolen included cash, computers, a gun safe, backpacks, musical instruments, a GPS unit, televisions, and numerous firearms.