A man in Montana is charged with multiple felony charges in connection with the theft of approximately 530 pounds of change from a home in Sun Prairie.
The total value of the stolen change is estimated to be $3,915.
24-year-old Kyle W. Voss was charged with the crimes on Sunday, while being held at the Cascade County Detention Center on unrelated outstanding warrants.
According to court documents, Voss is suspected of burglarized the same Sun Prairie home on four separate occasions.
The mountain of change was so heavy that Voss also stole two hand trucks from the same homeowner to get the change down the street.
“Whoever broke in went in the bathroom and took about $3,000 worth of quarters and half dollars the (the homeowner) had been collecting for years,” the affidavit states. “The coins were stored in coffee cans, plastic jars and medicine bottles.”
Ten days later, the home was burglarized again. This time the homeowner wasn’t sure if anything had been taken, but noticed his bathroom cabinets where he had kept many of the previously stolen coins was reopened.
Three days after that, on April 12, the Sun Prairie residence was broken into again. This time the burglar took a five-gallon bucket filled to the brim with pennies, and two large glass jars filled with nickels.
The roughly $700 in change weighed approximately 260 pounds, so the burglar stole two hand trucks belonging to the homeowner to haul it away.
After the initial burglary the homeowner installed a motion sensing camera in his house which caught the thief in action.
Cascade County Sheriff’s deputies later learned that Voss had brought in a full bucket of pennies into the Wells Fargo Bank on the westside of Great Falls.
When he was arrested on outstanding warrants on the same day as the last burglary, the cops noticed the same stitching pattern on his pants and tattoos on his arms that were picked up by the surveillance camera.
Voss allegedly admitted to burglarizing the Sun Prairie home on several occasions.
According to court records, Voss has prior convictions for misdemeanor assault, criminal mischief and theft.
He was charged with four counts of felony burglary, one count of felony theft, three counts of misdemeanor theft, three criminal mischief and one count of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
His bail was set at $25,000.