- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A Bozeman man who was on probation for burglary and drug possession convictions has denied charges that he stole more than $100,000 worth of property from storage sheds and construction sites in the Gallatin Valley this summer and traded some of the items for drugs.

Nathan Fremont Green, 32, appeared in District Court Monday and pleaded not guilty to felony theft and criminal possession of dangerous drugs along with two misdemeanor charges.

Green has been jailed since Sept. 10. Judge Mike Salvagni continued his bail at $100,000.

The Gallatin County sheriff’s office was investigating thefts from 13 victims this summer when a tip to Crimestoppers identified Green as a suspect.

Meanwhile, an FBI agent investigating a drug case said an informant reported that Green would give stolen items to another man in exchange for drugs, court records said.

Green rented storage units in Bozeman and Belgrade and would cut a hole between units to see what was in adjoining ones. He would cut locks off of units and replace them with his own locks, prosecutors said.

Property that was reported stolen was found in a shed at Green’s residence, in storage units rented by Green and at a friend’s house, along with in a chicken coop and trailer in Logan, court records said.

Green’s roommate, John D. Barlow, gave investigators detailed accounts of the break-ins and the locations where stolen property was hidden, charging documents said.

Some of the recovered property was returned to its owners on Saturday in Bozeman.

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