The Teton County (Idaho) Sheriff’s Office caught Michael Lynch in Victor without his GPS ankle monitor, a violation of Wyoming court orders.
Lynch is out of jail awaiting trial for a long list of burglaries and other charges.
The 36-year-old is also accused of violating a no contact order the same day the judge ordered it.
Teton County District Court Judge Timothy Day told Lynch on Dec. 3 during his pretrial conference to not contact one of the witnesses in the case.
Lynch texted the witness almost immediately, police said.
At the pretrial hearing, Lynch asked the court to be relieved of his ankle monitor because it makes it hard to wear work boots.
“This defendant in circuit court really gave the state and court the runaround, not appearing at hearings,” Teton County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Clark Allan told the court. “We had to get a warrant. We arrested him at his ex-girlfriend’s house hiding under the bed.”
Day denied Lynch’s request to be off GPS monitoring.
But when he was pulled over by Idaho deputies leaving the Teton Valley Motel on Dec. 12, Lynch told them he had been allowed to remove his GPS ankle bracelet.
“He had cut off his ankle monitor,” Teton County (Idaho) Administrative manager Mitch Golden said. “Deputies had also been made aware that he was driving on a suspended status.”
Lynch was arrested on a Wyoming warrant that was issued because of the no contact violation and was also charged with driving without privileges.
Lynch was held in the Madison County (Idaho) Jail until Friday, when he was brought back to Jackson and booked into Teton County Jail.
His charges are listed as domestic battery, theft of identity, forgery, theft and aggravated burglary.
There are 450 items on the state’s exhibit list that Lynch is accused of stealing from clients.
Lynch owns Teton Precision Scapes, and police said there are at least eight victims in the case, most of whom Lynch worked for.
The list of items is diverse. Police said Lynch stole everything from cameras to guns, prescription drugs, coats, blankets, leather chaps, art, hard drives, marijuana, musical instruments and rugs.