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Bozeman man charged after wallet found at scene of bike shop burglary

Posted: 3:35 PM, Mar 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-11 17:35:45-04
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BOZEMAN – A Bozeman man is accused of breaking into a bicycle shop, stealing a pair of sunglasses, then leaving his wallet on the floor of the shop early Saturday morning.

Jackson Fraser Herring, 27, was already in police custody for an alleged theft from CVS, also on Saturday morning, when employees at the downtown Bozeman bike shop discovered the break-in.

According to court documents, around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, bike shop employees discovered a side door had been broken into. The employees said items were moved around and a wallet was on the floor.

Police responded to the scene and a review of security video reportedly showed Herring enter the store and rummage around inside, eventually putting a pair of sunglasses on his head and leaving the store around 3:20 a.m.

The reporting officer said he immediately recognized Herring from an earlier incident, around 7 a.m., in which Herring allegedly attempted to steal beer from a Safeway grocery store.

The officer said Safeway declined to press charges and Herring was released with a trespass warning. During the incident, the officer said, Herring was wearing the sunglasses he was seen taking from the bike shop.

According to the officer, the wallet that was found in the bike shop also contained Herring’s Montana ID card.

The officer said Herring also attempted to shoplift items from a CVS store shortly after the Safeway incident, around 7:40 a.m. Another officer cited him for theft, and Herring was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for evaluation. After being treated, he was transported to Gallatin County Detention Center.

Herring appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Monday on a burglary charge for the alleged bike shop incident. His bail was set at $100,000.