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<h2>School administration building break-in

Butte police responded to an interior alarm at the Butte School District's administration building, 111 N. Montana St., Wednesday around 10 p.m. 

Officers discovered a window screen that had been removed, a window that was open, and footprints indicating a person had been inside the building, around the building's exterior, on the roof, and on the roof of an adjacent building.

Multiple searches found no one inside or around the building, so officers followed footprints that led to a nearby alley. 

There, they found Austin Campbell, 27, laying down with a sleeping bag. 

Campbell, who is reportedly homeless, was arrested on two counts of criminal trespass, which is a misdemeanor. When a search of his belongings allegedly led officers to find two syringes and a spoon suspected to be used in preparing drugs, police added a misdemeanor citation for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

<h2>Man found in closet

Police arrested Alex Osier, 21, on suspicion of criminal trespass and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors, Wednesday night around 9:50 p.m. after allegedly finding him in the closet of an apartment that should have been unoccupied. 

The incident began when police responded to a report of a person seen inside the apartment on the 400 block of West Silver Street. 

An employee of the property management group that manages the apartment arrived with a key and let police inside, and officers conducted a search. Osier was found hiding in a closet and was arrested without further incident. 

<h2>Security camera stolen

A man contacted Butte police Wednesday around 11 a.m. after receiving an alert from his personal security system and seeing a suspicious female on the surveillance footage.

The woman allegedly took the camera from a home on East Woolman Street, left the scene, and was observed getting in a car parked nearby on Wyoming Street. 

When that car was spotted at the Town Pump on South Montana Street, police reportedly located Karste McDanel, 24, of Butte inside.

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She denied being involved in the incident, and the camera was not recovered, but police reportedly saw McDanel on the surveillance footage and matched the tread of her shoes to the footprints found at the scene. 

She was booked on three misdemeanors — theft, criminal mischief, and criminal trespass — but bonded out later the same day.

<h2>Portable heater cause of car fire

According to Butte-Silver Bow Fire Marshal Brian Doherty, Wednesday's Uptown car fire was sparked by a portable, propane heater. 

The heater was strapped in the front of the vehicle, Doherty said, and it appeared someone may have been living in the car. 

"Someone was trying to stay warm," Doherty said Thursday morning. 

Doherty and Butte police are unsure who the car belongs to. No one was in the area before or after the small blaze. 

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