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Tackled after cash snatch

Police arrested a Billings pre-release walkaway Tuesday night after he allegedly attempted to steal cash from a woman in a local liquor store.

Officers drove to the Gilligan’s Tobacco Shop’s liquor store on East Front Street, where three men reportedly had Ronnie Pease, 40, pinned to the ground at 8:35 p.m.

Pease was inside of the liquor store when a woman set some cash on the checkout counter as she was making a purchase. Pease allegedly snatched the cash and ran toward the door, but an employee chased and tackled him outside of the store, police said.

When officers arrived, the employee and two other men were holding Pease down. Police were unable to identify Pease at first, as he allegedly provided phony names, but placed him under arrest and transported him to the county jail.

There, detention staff identified Pease through the Montana Department of Corrections’ Correctional Offender Network and determined he was wanted for walking out of the Billings pre-release center, or Alpha House, in January.

Pease was booked on the felony warrant and cited for theft and obstructing justice, both misdemeanors.

Treatment center purse theft

An 18-year-old man was arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly running from police and stealing a purse.

Officers driving south on Harrison Avenue noticed Damien Spataro walking on the sidewalk at 2:15 p.m.

The officers had spoken with Spataro the day before, as he was a suspect in a purse theft from the Montana Chemical Dependency Center, and stopped to speak with him again, police said.

When Spataro saw police, he reportedly ran into the Cricket Wireless store in the 1500 block of Harrison Avenue.

Officers confronted Spataro in the store.

He initially gave officers a phony name, police said. But when officers showed him a photo they had of him, he correctly identified himself. 

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Spataro was arrested and cited for obstructing a peace officer and for the alleged purse theft, both misdemeanors.

McDonald's purse thief

Police arrested a 28-year-old woman for allegedly stealing a purse from the McDonald’s in Rocker and attempting to use one of the credit cards inside of it.

According to police, officers were called over to Butte City Court to arrest Pana Darcy, who was sentenced to five days in jail for allegedly stealing a purse from the McDonald’s in Rocker on May 31.

On Wednesday, Darcy reportedly tried to use a credit card that was inside of the purse, police said.

Darcy was charged with deceptive practices and theft from buildings, two misdemeanors.

She was taken to the county jail to serve her five-day sentence.

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