A Missoula man who allegedly robbed two casinos and a convenience store armed with a pistol pleaded not guilty Thursday to three counts of felony robbery.
Corey Benjamin Schreckendgust, 22, was arrested and charged after he allegedly demanded money at the three locations to help pay for drugs, according to charging documents filed by Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jason Marks.
Schreckendgust appeared Thursday before Missoula District Court Standing Master Brenda Desmond, who asked that he plead to all three robbery counts at once.
Schreckendgust also pleaded not guilty to a fourth felony of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence charge.
Desmond set an omnibus hearing in the case for Feb. 7 and set an April 19 trial date.
Police said the robberies took place between 12:42 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Dec. 11. At each location, an armed man walked into the business, displayed a silver handgun, demanded and was given money.
Surveillance photos were captured of the suspect. Schreckendgust was arrested after police received a tip that he had robbed the stores.
Schreckendgust admitted to robbing Noon’s Sinclair shortly after midnight, the Montana Lil’s Casino on North Reserve about a half-hour later, and Lucky Lil’s Casino on Brooks Street, court documents said.
Detectives recovered $200 that Schreckendgust said was from the robberies, as well as the chrome-plated .38 pistol he said he used, the documents said.
They also found, in a Dumpster, the hat he said he’d worn, and an apron with a money bag that he allegedly took from Lucky Lil’s, the affidavit said.
Also on Thursday, Desmond set a Feb. 7 status hearing for a second probation violation case against Schreckendgust.
In late November, Shreckendgust was given a three-year deferred sentence, and a total of $800 in fines and fees, on a felony drug possession charge.
He was arrested in April and found to be carrying a baggie with 29 capsules of white powder that he told law enforcement was MDMA, or ecstasy, according to charging documents.