Police Weekly Update 2/20/2018
Between February 12th and 18th, 2018 the Bozeman Police Department handled 807 calls for service and generated 82 investigations/arrests. During the week, we responded to 64 motor vehicle crashes, we also responded to 17 theft reports, eight hit and run crashes, made 12 warrant arrests and responded to six domestic violence reports.
Just after 4pm on February 12, 2018, an officer responded to a report of a residence that had been broken into on the west end of Bozeman. The officer learned the resident had arrived home after class and found a lock had been tampered with and was no longer working properly. Several items were found to have been knocked over during the break in. A neighbor said there was a suspicious vehicle at the residence around noon. Residents are encouraged to call law enforcement immediately when suspicious activity is observed.
On February 12, 2018, an officer received a report from an individual regarding a business credit card. It was reported his card was missing and now being used at several locations in Bozeman. The victim reported last having his card a couple days earlier at the same time as he had run into an old classmate. The victim reported he had later received a call from a friend who worked at a local bar indicating a male suspect had attempted to use his card at the bar at which point the employee confiscated the card. The officer located the classmate who admitted to using the card at a number of locations.
Theft of Services
At about 1:15 am on February 14, 2018, a taxi driver reported an intoxicated male had vomited in her taxi and then left the cab without paying the total fare. The driver had provided a description of the male who was quickly located by a responding officer. The male was highly intoxicated and had vomit on his clothing. The male became argumentative with the officer stating the incident was the taxi driver’s fault. The male also made several comments about paying the officer’s salary and gave his opinion the officer should be dealing with other crimes. The officer provided the male a ride to jail.
Around 10:45 pm on February 15th, 2018, officers responded to a report of a male who had accidentally shot himself in the leg. Upon arrival, the officers found the male sitting in a vehicle at the location and started providing him medical care. It was learned the male had been cleaning the weapon when he unintentionally shot himself in the leg. It was also learned this was the second time in two weeks the male had negligently discharged a firearm with the first incident being unreported. The male was cited for discharging a firearm in the city limits.
On February 16th, 2017 officers were dealing with a situation regarding a violation of a court order at a Bozeman residence. During the investigation, a female was found to be hiding from the officers in the crawl space of the residence. The barricaded female refused to comply with instructions from the officers to come out of the crawl space so the officers went in to get her. A struggle ensued and the female was ultimately extricated from the crawl space and taken to jail.
Sgt. Travis Munter