Andrew Strumpfer of Butte told police he was “tired of being on the run” and just wanted to turn himself in, but he sure took a strange path getting there.
He could have simply walked up to any officer in Butte or into the police station and came clean about his outstanding warrants, but instead, says Undersheriff George Skuletich, “He decided to commit more crimes to do it.”
Police say Strumpfer, 24, walked along Park Street late Saturday night, broke windows at Terminal Meats at 100 West Park Street, busted another out at the defunct Community Café next door then walked across the street toward Park Street Liquors.
He took a big chunk of concrete, threw it at the door and shattered it, then sat down and waited for officers to arrive. They did.
Strumpfer gave himself away by staying put, of course, but security cameras from the liquor store captured everything at the store and down the street.
“The alarm went off here,” Tom Southwick, owner of Park Street Liquors, said Monday. “The video shows him breaking the window, walking a few steps away then coming back and sitting down. He wanted to go to jail.”
Strumpfer had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court in Butte and was also wanted on a probation matter in Billings, police say.
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Now he’s in more trouble.
Police arrested him Saturday night on three additional complaints of criminal mischief, one a felony, and he’s accused of violating probation. That’s also a felony if prosecutors charge him for that.
On Monday, the glass door at Park Street Liquors was boarded up and it will cost about $1,500 to replace, Southwick said. It’s not the first time it has been shattered.
“This is about the sixth time it has happened in the last 10 years or so,” Southwick said.
But it was the first time someone did it with the specific intent of going to jail, he said. One of the previous six was an accident but the rest were clearly attempts to burglarize the store.
Strumpfer was still in jail late Monday morning with no bond set.