Witnesses told police around 8:50 p.m. Saturday that a blue passenger vehicle had struck a parked car near Galena and Main and then proceeded north on Main Street.
Police located the car a short time later and suspected the driver might be intoxicated. The driver, a 17-year-old male, blew over the legal limit on a Breathalyzer test and was subsequently charged with three misdemeanors: DUI, driving without a valid license and hit-and-run to an unattended vehicle.
CAR THEFTS INVESTIGATED
Police are investigating two separate reports of vehicle theft.
Around 1 a.m. Friday, Butte police responded to the report of a stolen car in the 1300 block of East Second Street. The owner said her 2011 Kia had been stolen and provided police the name of a potential suspect.
Around 10:10 p.m. Friday, the owner alerted police that she had received a call that her car was in the vicinity of Jim’s Bar on Elm Street in Butte. She found the car there with the keys in it, police said. There was no damage and nothing appeared to be missing. The theft is under investigation.
Separately, police had received a report Friday afternoon from Hertz on East Broadway in Butte that a car rented Oct. 19, a 2017 Chrysler 300, had not been returned. The rental car company told police that the woman who rented the car had extended the rental period a few times but that her credit card was no longer valid and her phone had been disconnected.
The woman is believed to be a resident of Minnesota, police said. The car has been listed as stolen and the alleged theft is under investigation.
BURGLAR NABS WALLET
Around 12:40 p.m. Saturday police received a report that a residence had been broken into in the 2000 block of Massachusetts. The report came from an acquaintance of the resident, who was out of town, police said. Entry had been gained by breaking a window in the back door. Nothing appeared to be missing but the resident’s wallet was later found in a Dumpster at the Met Tavern by a tavern employee, police said. It was not immediately clear what might have been taken from the wallet, according to a police report. Police are investigating.
Police received a report Sunday afternoon that a residence in the 200 block of West Woolman Street had apparently been burglarized. Police heard from a relative of the resident that the house, which has not been occupied for a time, was missing mirrors from the walls. There was no sign of forced entry, police said. An investigation is underway.
Butte resident Joshua J. Henry, 32, faces charges of misdemeanor theft after police received a report around 2:30 a.m. Monday that he had shoplifted items from the Town Pump at Rocker. Police arrested Henry, and said he allegedly had attempted to steal candy bars, lighters and Tylenol and Advil.
Steven A. Medina, 42, of Butte, faces charges of misdemeanor theft after he allegedly attempted to steal from the Walmart on Harrison Avenue items that included a bag of dog food, light bulbs and a headlamp around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Separately, around 3:30 p.m. Friday, police received a report of shoplifting at the Stokes Market grocery store on Harrison Avenue. When police arrived the suspect had left the area. But a man fitting his description was spotted later in on Continental Drive, police said. They subsequently arrested Kristopher G. Lehto, 26, and he faces charges of misdemeanor theft. In addition, he faces a felony for being out of his probation and parole jurisdiction in Lewis and Clark County and also was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after police allegedly found a marijuana pipe in his possession.