A Billings man who was free on bond and awaiting sentencing for trying to steal two computers from Best Buy is back in jail, this time accused of breaking into a business and stealing power tools.
Brent Carter Latendresse, 46, appeared Monday in Justice Court on charges of felony burglary and misdemeanor counts of possessing burglary tools and obstructing an officer.
Judge Larry Herman set bond at $50,000 after a prosecutor said Latendresse has an extensive criminal record, including the case of the computer thefts last year.
In the most recent case, Latendresse was arrested Jan. 25 after officers found him hiding under a pickup truck parked near a business on Moore Lane. An alarm at the business, A&H Turf, had been triggered, and officers followed footprints in the snow from the building to the pickup truck.
Also found nearby were two new DeWalt power tools and a rusty crowbar under a cargo trailer. Prosecutors said the power tools were taken from the business, and the crowbar was used to break into the building.
Latendresse initially refused to respond to officers who ordered him to come out from under the truck, court records state. When he did come out, he pretended to be asleep and did not respond to any questions.
Latendresse is scheduled to be sentenced on March 8 after he admitted to a charge of felony theft by common scheme for the incident at Best Buy. In that case, Latendresse was tackled by a store employee as he tried to run out the front door with two laptop computers.
The store employee, Roger Kline, was later fired for violating a company policy against pursuing shoplifters or using force to detain a suspected shoplifter.
A plea agreement in the theft case calls for Latendresse to receive a five-year suspended sentence.