Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch

UPDATE Sept. 10: Michael Lynch has since been arraigned in felony court and now faces 12 separate charges. The charge against his girlfriend was dismissed by the Teton County Prosecutor's Office after investigators learned she's a victim in the case.

Her name was removed from this article because of domestic violence allegations. -Eds.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Deputies arrested Michael Lynch on Friday afternoon after they found him hiding under his girlfriend’s bed in East Jackson.

Lynch was wanted on a felony warrant for skipping court on burglary and theft charges.

A nationwide warrant for his arrest was issued last week, and Teton County Circuit Court Judge James Radda issued a $100,000 warrant Thursday because Lynch skipped court again, records state.

Teton County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Lynch has been living in Driggs, Idaho, but they spotted his truck at his girlfriend's residence Friday morning, and they ended up arresting both of them.

Lynch was booked on the warrants, and his partner was taken in for hiding a fugitive.

“She eventually came to the door and said she had no idea where he was and had not talked to him in a long time,” Teton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Clay Platt said. “After she lied to officers we went in and found him hiding under the bed.”

The girlfriend's official charge is accessory, a felony.

Lynch, a local contractor, was arrested in late June because police suspect that he stole $50,000 worth of items from his landlord’s house while the homeowner was out of town.

Police have since connected Lynch to unsolved burglaries from 2018, Platt said.

“We ran a search warrant in Idaho and identified another three victims,” Platt said.

Deputies have recovered more stolen property from Lynch’s storage unit, they said.

Lynch originally became a suspect after his former landlord returned home from an extended trip and noticed several high-dollar items missing from his Jackson house.

In June, the 36-year-old was caught selling the landlord’s stolen coins in Idaho Falls, records state.

Deputies believe Lynch stole high-dollar silver and gold coins, pills, computer hard drives, computer software, family memorabilia from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, jewelry — including the victim’s deceased wife’s wedding ring — artwork, musical instruments, Navajo rugs, radio equipment, a rifle, and two pistols.

He has also been named a suspect in a 2018 burglary on Moulton Loop, where, deputies said, he stole clothing, a camera, coats and Pendleton blankets.

According to police records, Lynch was also arrested in March 2018 after deputies responded to a noise complaint.

Lynch reportedly swatted at deputies, which caused a physical altercation with them. They arrested him for interference. Lynch was then charged with destruction of property for destroying a smoke detector in the Teton County Jail.

Lynch also fought with Jackson Police Department officers during a DUI arrest in 2015, records show.

Police believe Lynch uses an alias, such as Michael Dennis, to get contract construction jobs around Teton County.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

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