Weathered barn wood with nail

Two men are facing multiple charges after investigators say they stole thousands of dollars worth of wood from a homestead barn on a Gallatin County ranch.

Last week, the Gallatin County Attorney’s Office charged Michael Rosengren and Nicholas Turner each with a felony count of theft as well as misdemeanor charges of trespassing and criminal mischief for damage investigators allege they did to a barn on the Climbing Arrow Ranch in northern Gallatin County.

Turner is scheduled to make his initial appearance on the charges in Gallatin County District Court on Nov. 16. An initial appearance for Rosengren has not been scheduled.

According to charging documents:

In October 2015, Katharine Anderson, who owns the ranch with her brother Frank, reported that they noticed wood had gone missing from one of the original homestead barns along 16 Mile Creek Road.

A game camera set up on the barn captured two men removing wood from the structure, neither of whom the Andersons recognized.

A Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office detective investigating the theft took photos from the game camera to some local homebuilder businesses and employees at one immediately recognized the two men as Rosengren and Turner.

Detectives found numerous piles of old barn wood stacked around Rosengren’s home, including numerous fresh cut long boards.

Rosengren initially talked to a detective on the phone and denied taking the barn wood from the Climbing Arrow Ranch.

But during an in-person interview days later he admitted to “checking his records” and realizing that he and Turner did demolish the barn and posted photos of it on Facebook.

Rosengren said he and Turner had looked at a map and believed they were on public land when they demolished the barn.

Attempts to interview Turner were unsuccessful.

Different estimates of the worth of the stolen barn wood ranged from about $8,400 to about $12,600.

Whitney Bermes can be reached at wbermes@dailychronicle.com or 582-2648. Follow her on Twitter at @wabermes.

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Whitney Bermes is the city editor and covers cops and courts for the Chronicle.

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