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Patrollers, skis reunited after theft

Published On: Dec 28 2012 06:54:07 PM MST

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MISSOULA, Mont. -

Sheriff's deputies have arrested two men suspected of stealing skis belonging to two Montana Snowbowl ski patrolmen, with a little help from a local retailer.

Investigators say that sometime on Thursday. the patrolmen noticed their skis were missing from where they had been left, and had friends make calls to area shops that deal in used ski equipment, hoping to find the skis.

It just so happened that the girlfriend of one of the victims called Missoula's Play It Again Sports, at the same moment one suspect, Christian Sybrandt, was trying to sell one of the pair. Kyle Lehr, a sales associate at Play It Again, recognized the skis and did was able to keep Sybrandt around long enough for law enforcement to arrive. Lehr tells NBC Montana he was glad to help.

"It all kind of worked out. Just one of those things that just worked out. Happened pretty quick actually. Just nice that it had a happy ending and he got his stuff back," says Lehr.

The other suspect, Donald Ray Degarmo, allegedly left another pair of skis behind Play It Again.

Missoula County Sheriff Department spokesman Detective Jason Johnson says when deputies tried to arrest Degarmo, he was uncooperative.

"[Degarmo] climbed out a window and got into a foot pursuit with our deputies. He was apprehended,"says Johnson.

Degarmo made his initial appearance in Justice Court Friday afternoon. He's being held on $50,000 bond.