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Man charged with stealing three vehicles in Bozeman

James Kendall Wiles
Posted at 1:01 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 15:03:08-04

BOZEMAN — James Kendall Wiles, 38 years old, appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Monday on three felony counts of motor vehicle theft.

Court documents say police investigated several stolen vehicle reports in close proximity to each other last Monday.

Wiles was caught on security video “entering and remaining unlawfully inside a residence for a short time before leaving,” according to court documents. Police were not able to locate him at the time.

A Ford F-250 that was reported stolen on Tuesday was recovered later, but the driver’s checkbook and driver’s license were missing.

Two other vehicles were reported stolen on Wednesday. On Thursday, police located Wiles at a Bozeman casino. According to court documents, he was at a casino machine with an open bottle of beer.

Police found that Wiles had recently absconded from parole and arrested him for a parole violation.

Wiles allegedly had the keys to one of the stolen vehicles, as well as the missing checkbook and license from the recovered F-250 on his person.

In court on Monday, Wiles’ bail was set at $100,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 27.

According to the Montana Department of Corrections, Wiles has seven felony convictions in Yellowstone County for theft, and one each for criminal endangerment and criminal mischief.