Police Weekly Update 1/30/2018
Between January 22 and 28th, 2018 the Bozeman Police Department handled 882 calls for service and generated 85 investigations/arrests. During the week, we also responded to 36 reports of motor vehicle crashes, responded to 12 reports of hit and run crashes, made nine DUI related arrests, and 11 warrant arrests.
License plate theft
On January 22, 2018, an individual reported a license plate was stolen off her Buick passenger car over the previous weekend. The number on the Montana plate was reported to be 676896B. If the plate is located, please call your local law enforcement agency.
On January 23, 2018, an officer took a report from an individual regarding a fraud. The victim reported he had responded to an apartment for rent on Craigslist. The victim sent the alleged owner over $2000 for the rental and has since been unable to contact the individual. The advertisement has since been removed and the identity of the suspect could not be verified. Please be cautious when sending money, whether through the mail or online, to unknown persons. Similar reports are made to our department on a regular basis.
On January 25, 2018, an officer took another report of a fraud being conducted through the internet. A female reported she had met a man on a dating website who agreed to send her $400 a week. The man then sent her multiple $800 checks and told her to keep the agreed upon $400 and deposit the rest in another bank account allegedly owned by the man. Once she deposited the checks in her account, she put $2000 of her own money in the suspect’s account. The checks sent by the suspect were fraudulent and never cleared a bank.
Intimidation, Trespass, and Disorderly
Just after 1 am on January 28, 2018, officers responded to a report from a local bar of a man who was refusing to leave the bar. When officers arrived, bouncers were restraining the male because he had become violent. The bouncers said they had kicked the offender out of the bar on two other occasions earlier in the evening but he had continued to return. When an officer asked the offender why he would not leave, he stated he liked the music at the bar and did not want to leave. The offender began to become belligerent with the officers because he was being arrested and started to threaten to stab the officer in the neck. The offender made the threats repeatedly during the remainder of the contact with the officer. The offender was held without bail at the jail.
2017 Bozeman Police Thefts
In 2017, we took thousands of theft reports from candy bars to cars. During the year, the value of the property reported stolen exceeded $1.5 Million and nearly $500,000 in stolen vehicles. Many of the reports involved property or vehicles that were either unsecure or left unlocked. We encourage everyone to secure their property and lock their doors and vehicles.
Sgt. Travis Munter