3rd man charged in burglaries tied to Lockwood shooting, drug case

2013-05-23T16:19:00Z 2013-12-17T07:44:05Z 3rd man charged in burglaries tied to Lockwood shooting, drug caseBy GREG TUTTLE gtuttle@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A 47-year-old Billings man has become the third person charged in a burglary ring that prosecutors say is connected to accused Lockwood drug dealer Walter White.

Todd Edward Berry was charged Thursday in Yellowstone County Justice Court with two counts of felony burglary by accountability. He made his initial court appearance by video from the county jail.

Judge Pedro Hernandez set bond at $15,000.

Berry is the third defendant charged in what prosecutors describe as a group of drug users who burglarized storage units to pay for drugs.

One of the defendants, 28-year-old Jonathon Warren Walker, reportedly told investigators that they stole the property to buy methamphetamine and pay off drug debts to White, who is facing federal drug and firearms charges.

White came to the attention of authorities in late January when he was shot during an exchange of gunfire outside his Lockwood auto body business. White's son, Brandon White, has been charged in the shooting.

Prosecutors say Brandon White and another man ambushed Walter White as the result of an ongoing dispute over a $10,000 drug debt.

Walker and another man, Alex Lee Honrud, 25, have previously been charged in connection with the storage unit burglaries.

Walker's girlfriend and her father also have been identified as suspects in the burglary ring. They have not been charged but reportedly admitted to stealing from storage units to buy methamphetamine.

Prosecutors say Walker and the others rented a storage unit, and then broke through walls at the facility to get inside other units.

Berry is also accused of befriending an elderly and sick neighbor who gave him access to her storage unit when he offered to clean it. The group then stole numerous items from the unit, court records state.     

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