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Father and son brandish box cutter
and knife during alleged robbery

A father and son from Butte are being accused of allegedly stealing more than $140 worth of goods from a Butte hardware store and brandishing a box cutter and knife once being confronted by employees. They each face felony robbery charges.

Police say they responded to the TrueValue, 1301 Harrison Ave., around 10 a.m. Monday, after receiving a call from employees who said that Thomas Deutsch Sr., 60, shoplifted several items from the store.

TrueValue staff told police that Deutsch Sr. walked out of the store with a swivel-head ratchet, slim-head ratchet set, a mini- and regular-sized flashlight, two nine-piece socket sets and a digital meter without paying and that, when employees tried to confront him in the parking lot, he pulled out a box cutter.

According to police, Deutsch's son, Thomas Deutsch Jr. was standing in the parking lot and allegedly brandished a pocket knife as employees tried to confront his father.

Employees then went back inside the store where they phoned law enforcement, police said, and the Deutsches left the scene on foot.

Police later confronted the father and son at the intersection Harrison Avenue and Dundee Street, where Deutsch Jr. was arrested.

Deutsch Sr., meanwhile, complained of a medical issue and was transported to St. James Healthcare. Hospital staff cleared Deutsch Sr. around 2:30 p.m., at which point police arrested him.

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Business Reporter

Business Reporter for The Montana Standard.

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