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MEAT THIEF STRIKES

Police responded to a call from Stokes grocery store around 10 p.m. Monday after they said a shoplifter caught by an employee punched him in the face and ran. According to police, the employee noticed a woman slip several packets of peppered bacon and sirloin chops into her coat. When he grabbed her, the bacon fell out and the woman punched him in the right eye. Police said they have a suspect and are treating the incident as a felony burglary based on the use of violence in a theft.

MAN TRASHES HOUSE

Officers were called to a home on the 300 block of South Montana Street around 8:30 p.m. Monday after a neighbor reported a man throwing furniture into the street. When police arrived at the home they said a man later identified as 32-year-old Arthur Apodaca fled out the back door. Witnesses told police Apodaca was drunk and angry, and began throwing items around the house, breaking all of the cabinets and a table. Police said when they were taking photos of the damage they spotted Apodaca walking down the street outside and arrested him for reasonable apprehension of partner/family member assault.

MOTORCYCLIST DUI

Butte police responded to a call concerning a hit-and-run accident at 7:45 p.m. Monday on Park and Main and arrested a motorcyclist a short distance away. Police said a driver witnessed Richard Rambo, 37, strike a parked truck with his motorcycle and then take off down Park Street with a passenger sitting on the back. The driver followed Rambo to Excelsior Avenue before stopping. While police were looking for Rambo they received a call from a clerk at the Zip Trip gas station on Excelsior and Park who said he had just refused to sell alcohol to an obviously drunk man on a motorcycle. Police found Rambo a block east, and said he failed field sobriety tests and refused a Breathalyzer. Police secured a warrant to withdraw a blood sample from Rambo at St. James Healthcare, and then booked him into jail for hit-and-run, DUI refusal and driving without a motorcycle license.

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