Thought he was being followed
Police received a report at about 3 a.m. Monday of a possible disturbance and of a man leaning against a car in the 200 block of Hobson Avenue.
When they arrived, officers reportedly found Taylor O'Neal, 27, of Butte, leaning against a 2019 Kia with a smashed back window.
Officers determined O'Neal had broken into the vehicle, removed some items and placed them on the ground, according to Undersheriff George Skuletich.
But police do not believe O'Neal was attempting to steal the vehicle or the items. Instead, they say O'Neal's decision to break into the vehicle was connected to his belief that someone was following him.
He was booked on suspicion of criminal trespass and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors. O'Neal had been released as of 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Sexual assault investigated
Butte police have opened an investigation into a sexual assault that allegedly occurred in 2000 and that was reported to law enforcement on Monday.
According to Skuletich, the alleged victim was a juvenile at the time of the assault. She reportedly brought up the incident to a counselor before bringing it to police.
Police are working to gather more evidence and conduct interviews.
"It was 20 years ago, so it's going to take awhile," Skuletich said.
Inmate reports stolen vehicle
An inmate of the Butte-Silver Bow Detention Center reported his 2008 Kia possibly stolen on Monday afternoon, though it's not clear that it was.
Police say the inmate did not have specific information about a theft and acknowledged the vehicle could have been moved into his garage or towed because it was potentially blocking an alley.
Butte police received a report that a man was digging on the grounds of Walkerville's shuttered Sherman School on Monday afternoon.
Responding officers reportedly told the man he cannot dig on the property, and he complied.