A Butte woman is in jail for allegedly taking part in a mugging behind the Thriftway store at Front and Utah streets around noon Thursday.
A man says he knew and was talking with 30-year-old Brittany Lynn Birkoski and another man in the alley when they asked him if he had any money, police say. When he said no, they pulled a coat hood over his head, threw him to the ground, assaulted him and took an undisclosed amount of cash.
They left but the victim, who is 55, knew their names and police tracked down Birkoski within the hour. They were still looking for her accomplice Friday morning.
Birkoski was arrested on a felony robbery complaint and was still behind bars as of late Friday morning. The victim was not seriously injured.
Threatened with zip ties
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Police responded to a residence in the 300 block of South Jackson Street around 6:30 p.m. Thursday after someone called 911 and hung up.
A woman told them she and her ex-boyfriend, 40-year-old Justin Carl Cook of Butte, were arguing when he threatened to tie her up with duct tape and zip ties. There were past disturbances there, too, police say.
He was arrested on a felony complaint of partner-family member assault and remained jailed Friday morning.
Hiding in dirty laundry
Officers were called about a disturbance in an apartment in the 200 block of East Mercury Street on Wednesday, a place police have gone to several times in the past because of similar reports.
They knew that 31-year-old Mary Celeste Gardipee of Butte wasn’t supposed to be there and asked another woman inside if they could search the apartment.
She gave permission and officers found Gardipee hiding under a pile of dirty laundry in a back bedroom. She was booked on misdemeanor complaints of obstructing a peace officer, theft and criminal trespass and remained jailed Friday morning.