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Horse bucks off Butte woman trying to steal it during alleged crime spree
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Horse bucks off Butte woman trying to steal it during alleged crime spree


Police have charged Kristina Rowland, 36, of Butte with five felonies and three misdemeanors for allegedly stealing a truck, breaking into a garage and a shed, stealing an ax, attempting to steal an ATV and a horse, and possessing suspected methamphetamine. 

According to police, Rowland's crime spree began midday Thursday, when police received a report that a light blue Chevrolet truck had been stolen from the 900 block of Granite Street. 

At about 2 p.m., a complainant called police to report a suspicious woman in the area of Solitude Drive. Soon after hanging up with police, the complainant called back to say the woman had broken into his shed. 

Upon arriving at the scene, officers reportedly saw Rowland walking across an open field carrying an ax. 

Rowland allegedly dropped the ax and was apprehended by police. 

After arresting Rowland, speaking with witnesses, and finding keys to the Chevy on her person, police alleged that Rowland had stolen the truck from Granite Street, driven it to the vicinity of Solitude Drive, and broken into a garage, where she stole the ax she was carrying before fleeing after being confronted by the garage's owner. 

She then allegedly used the ax to break into a nearby shed and attempted to steal an ATV that was inside.

When she was unable to do so, Rowland reportedly stole a bridle and attempted to mount a horse.

The horse allegedly bucked her off twice before she left the area. 

After being arrested, she reportedly told officers she had rib pain as a result of falling from the horse. As a result, she was taken to St. James Healthcare for an evaluation before being detained at the Butte-Silver Bow Detention Center.

Police allegedly found Rowland in possession of the keys to the stolen truck, marijuana, a pipe, and a syringe containing a liquid suspected to be methamphetamine.

Rowland has been charged with one felony count of motor vehicle theft, two felony counts of non-residential burglary, and one felony count of dangerous drugs as well as misdemeanor counts of theft from a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of dangerous drugs.


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