Your Space Bozeman

Security cameras overlook Your Space Bozeman, a self-storage facility, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, near Four Corners.

The list of thousands of stolen items found in a Bozeman self-storage facility goes on and on.

There’s a snowboard and skis, the board game Monopoly and a container full of duct tape. Police found at least 10 vacuums, along with bikes, car tires, Christmas decorations and kitchen knives. There’s one festive-looking sombrero.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office posted hundreds of photos online, with most photos containing multiple items, and is hoping to connect them with the rightful owners. The sheriff’s office asks that people check the photos to verify what’s theirs before contacting the office.

The stolen haul took up five units at Your Space Bozeman, a storage facility on Jackrabbit Lane, which police discovered in November. Detective Colter Metcalf said an investigation is ongoing, that he couldn’t speak about the case, but that he believed there to be more than one suspect.

“Unfortunately, there all kinds of bad guys out there who will go to all kinds of lengths to commit crimes,” Metcalf said.

With the total number of stolen items being well-above $1,500 in value, the crime does carry a felony charge. Metcalf said it seemed the items were collected from all over — job sites, people’s houses and cars, and maybe other storage units.

Gary Brownstein with Your Space said employees at the business were the first to notice that something wasn’t right. He said a number of late night sign-ins to the facility were suspicious because they happened between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

When staff noticed the pattern and saw some other questionable activity, they notified police and handed over all pertinent information, Brownstein said. He said it was “obvious something was wrong.”

Brownstein said he wasn’t sure why the criminals chose Your Space to store the items, but thought maybe it was because it’s far from town.

“I guess they felt safe hiding out here because we’re remote. But they didn’t take into account our security system,” Brownstein said.

Brownstein said the security system includes cameras, locks on every unit, the gate that’s closed during late-night hours and staff conducting walk-throughs a few times every week. Brownstein said he and manager Lisa Priest even confronted someone who had engaged in suspicious behavior while on the property.

Metcalf said the business has been great help in the investigation. He said the incident is a good reminder to people to lock up their belongings, and that it’s fortunate people will be able to retrieve stolen items this time.

“It’s a joyous day when we have this kind of success,” Metcalf said.

The photo album documenting the recovered items can be found at gallatinmedia.org. People needing to retrieve items can email colter.metcalf@gallatin.mt.gov.

Shaylee Ragar can be reached at sragar@dailychronicle.com or at 582-2607.

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