Butte police arrested three people Wednesday evening on felony charges of motor vehicle theft, theft from a vehicle and possession of stolen property.
Amanda Finnegan, 38, and Joseph Wandler, 44, both of Anaconda, and Amy Myers, 45, of Butte, remained in the Butte jail Thursday with no bond set. Finnegan also faces a charge of felony possession of dangerous drugs.
Police said the incident unfolded when a female parked her car in the 400 block of South Main Street at about 4:20 p.m., leaving the engine running. While she was inside a local business, her vehicle was stolen.
Police reviewed video footage from the store and saw a man enter the vehicle and drive west on Gold Street, followed by a black pickup truck. Police located the stolen vehicle moments later in the 500 block of South Dakota Street, said Butte-Silver Bow Undersheriff George Skuletich.
The owner of the vehicle identified the car as belonging to her.
The victim also identified items found inside the car — a computer, a bag containing school books and a refund check from the University of Montana — as also belonging to her, Skuletich said.
Police said they located the black pickup truck in the 1700 block of Elm Street at about 5 p.m. Inside were Finnegan, Myers and Wandler. The three matched descriptions given by an eyewitness.
Because Finnegan was the pickup truck driver, she was also booked for an additional felony count of possession of dangerous drugs, and three misdemeanors: possession of drug paraphernalia, no liability insurance and driving on a suspended license.
Police said they found scales and a syringe full of a liquid substance inside the truck.