Police say it was a conscientious victim who helped them recover over $5,000 of stolen property Monday and apprehend two Butte men who allegedly burglarized Synesis7, a tech company in Uptown Butte on Alaska Street, directly across the street from the police station.

Undersheriff George Skuletich said someone at the business called police Friday around 7:30 a.m. to report that the business had been burglarized.

According to the undersheriff, an investigation determined that the burglary had occurred sometime the night before and that the people responsible had made entry by removing an air-conditioning unit from a window.

Skuletich said the burglars were able to walk away with computers, laptops, hard drives, a handful of miscellaneous items and a coffee pot, which had a combined value of more than $5,000.

During the investigation, Skuletich said, one of the victims phoned police and said that he had located the stolen coffee pot on ad on a classifieds website. The victim told police he had made an appointment to meet the owner of the classified ad Monday evening, Skuletich said.

Around 5 p.m., Monday, police arrived at the meeting arranged by the victim, where they encountered Justin Whittington, 34, of Butte, who was in possession of not only the coffee pot, but also several of the other stolen items. Police obtained a warrant for the man’s home, on the 400 block of North Wyoming Street, where they determined the man’s roommate, Jeffery Fahnestock, 49, was also allegedly involved.

Both men were taken into custody and put on an investigative hold, Skuletich said. The two were formally arrested for felony burglary Tuesday afternoon and remain in Butte jail.


Business Reporter for The Montana Standard.

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