Robert Hudson

Robert Hudson, a 52-year-old Butte man, was arrested Tuesday for a string of crimes he allegedly committed last weekend.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, police received a call about a man who had allegedly trespassed in Metal’s Bank the night before. The restaurant manager told officers a cook found the man, soon identified as Hudson, hiding in a closet around 11:45 p.m. Hudson had reportedly entered the restaurant through a garbage chute. When the cook advised Hudson to exit the same way, he did so, the manager told police.

A few hours later on Saturday, officers received another call about a break-in and theft from Park 217 sometime the night before. Park 217 employees told police the restaurant’s cook closed the place up around 11 p.m. When he returned the following morning, a window was damaged, empty Blue Moon beer bottles were scattered throughout, damage had been done to some sheet rock and a bottle of wine was missing. Video surveillance showed a man believed to be Hudson leaving the restaurant with the bottle and Blue Moon beer, police said.

Two days later, on Monday, police received a third call from the Local 41 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, 45 E. Silver St. According to union officials,  their office's mailbox had been damaged and a security camera had been stolen over the weekend.

Then, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, officers noticed a man that matched the description of Hudson walking on some railroad tracks in Butte. They reportedly identified Hudson and asked if he would come to the station for questioning, which he agreed to.

After deciding Hudson was the suspect in all three incidents, police booked him on various charges, including criminal trespass for climbing up the Metals Bank garbage chute, theft for stealing the security camera from the union office and felony burglary for breaking in and stealing from Park 217. While booking Hudson at the Butte-Silver Bow Detention Center, officers allegedly found suspected drug pipes and needles on his person, so a possession of drug paraphernalia charge was added.

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