Ada County Sheriffs deputies charged Michael A. Kinser with felony burglary after finding him hiding under a bench inside a West Meridian-area barn, the Ada County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday.
The 28-year-old Kinser was arrested Saturday and later admitted to breaking into the barn, near the intersection of Ustick and Linder roads, with the intent to steal scrap metal, according to a sheriff's office news release.
Deputies are investigating whether Kinser may be involved in other break-ins, including one at the same property the week before and a burglary in Star earlier this month where more than $2,000 worth of motorcycle parts were stolen from inside a detached garage in the 8800 block of West State Street, according to the news release.
The victims in that burglary told Star police they saw an older model white Ford pickup drive away from their garage as they drove up the night of Dec. 9. That meets the description of Kinser's truck, which deputies found inside an outbuilding next to the barn on the Ustick Road property Saturday afternoon.
A neighbor, who was aware of last week's burglary on the Ustick Road property, saw a white pickup drive up and then park inside an outbuilding around 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The driver got out and closed the garage door, and the neighbor called Ada County dispatchers.
Deputies arrived, quickly determined there was someone inside the barn, and set up a perimeter. They used a loudspeaker to ask that person to come out, but got no response.
Deputies got assistance from Meridian and Garden City police and began searching. They eventually found Kinser under a wood bench in the loft of the barn. He surrendered without incident.
Kinser is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing for the burglary charge is set for Jan. 6. Other charges are possible.