A Hardin man facing a total of 11 felony theft and burglary charges in two counties made an initial appearance Wednesday in Yellowstone County Justice Court.
Brandon Calvin Wegner, 28, appeared before Judge Pedro R. Hernandez on two counts of felony theft and two counts of felony burglary.
Wegner has already been charged with two counts of felony burglary and seven counts of felony theft in Big Horn County, according to Chief Deputy County Attorney Dave Sibley.
Those charges stem mostly from stolen vehicles, including a tractor, road grader and ATVs, Sibley said.
Wegner also faces in Big Horn County five counts of misdemeanor theft and two counts of misdemeanor criminal trespass to property, Sibley said.
The charges in Yellowstone County stem from thefts and break-ins at several locations between January and November 2013, court records say.
In one burglary, court records say Wegner may have had one of his children crawl through a small hole he apparently dug under the door of a storage building.
A sheriff's deputy who investigated reported seeing adult- and child-sized foot prints in the area.
One victim reported that two ATVs valued at total of $7,700 and other property had been stolen in Custer.
The two ATVs were recovered from Wegner, the documents say.
An additional $9,100 worth of items was reported stolen in Yellowstone County, court records say. Power tools, pool cues, wrenches, a rifle, shovels and brooms are among the dozens of items listed as stolen in the charging documents.
Some but not all of the stolen items were recovered when a search warrant was executed on Wegner’s property in Hardin last October, the documents say.
Charging documents say Wegner admitted to a Big Horn County sheriff’s deputy that he stole to feed a meth addition for which he needs treatment.
Judge Hernandez set Wegner’s bond at $25,000 on top of the bond he faces for the charges in Big Horn County.