Man allegedly steals two vehicles, runs from police
At 1:49 a.m. Thursday morning, a black car with a Mile High Motors decal reportedly passed a police officer driving near the intersection of First and Nevada streets.
About two hours earlier, a Mile High employee reported to police that two vehicles had been stolen from the dealership's lot: a truck and a black car.
According to the Mile High employee, the truck had been found in the parking lot of Walmart, but the black car was still missing.
Believing the vehicle that passed the patrol car might be the black car in question, the officer reportedly attempted to pull it over.
But the driver allegedly took off toward the interstate before pulling over on Iron Street and running from the vehicle toward a residential area.
While one officer searched the area, another officer reportedly remained at the vehicle, where he allegedly found a wallet in the car that contained a driver's license and other documentation identifying the driver as Bryce Baltezar, 23, of Butte.
The officer also reportedly found a small amount of methamphetamine, a pipe, and the keys to a second vehicle that turned out to belong to the truck that had also allegedly been stolen from Mile High Motors and that was found abandoned at Walmart.
The officer who pursued Baltezar reportedly found him hiding in a yard and arrested him.
Baltezar was charged with two felony counts of motor vehicle theft and one felony count of possession of dangerous drugs as well as misdemeanor counts of reckless driving, fleeing from police, and driving while having a license suspended or revoked.
Possessing stolen property
At about 4 p.m. Wednesday, a teller at Opportunity Bank informed officers who were in the building for an unrelated matter that a woman in the drive-thru was attempting to cash a check that seemed altered.
Officers went to the woman's truck, knocked on the window, and asked about the check.
The woman, Trisha Heick, 28, allegedly told officers she was cashing the check for a friend.
After investigating the check and the truck, officers allegedly found the check was reported stolen out of Whitehall and found other stolen checks in the vehicle.
Heick was booked on one felony count of buying or possessing stolen property and one misdemeanor count of the same as well as misdemeanor charges of unlawful use of a driver's license or ID card, using foreign plates, driving while having a license suspended or revoked, and forgery or counterfeiting.