Burglary suspect faces new charges for alleged Cottonwood firearm theft

— Multiple felonies were charged against a Grangeville man July 1 for an alleged firearm theft last month.

A July 15 preliminary hearing is set for Barry R. Kretschmer, 34, who faces charges of burglary, two counts of grand theft, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Charges resulted from a June 27 report by Delmar Wassmuth of Cottonwood regarding a residential burglary in which an unspecified amount of cash and prescription medications were stolen, according to detective Brian Hewson, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. Also that same day he reported his vehicle, while parked at a worksite at Riener Crushing where he is employed, was burglarized and two rifles were taken: Savage 22 and Remington 22-250, both with scopes.

According to Hewson, Kretschmer is one of four employees total, and he was confronted by a fellow employee about the theft and allegedly returned the rifles. He is also alleged to have admitted to another co-worker of having stolen the rifles.

Kretschmer is not currently a suspect in the Wassmuth residential burglary, which is currently under investigation.

Charges against Kretschmer come just a month prior to his August sentencing on unrelated charges for burglary and petit theft resulting from the Feb. 3 burglary of Gortsema’s Storage in Grangeville. In this incident, he is alleged to have burglarized at least 12 units at the facility on the truck route.

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