A Missoula woman has been charged with a felony after prosecutors say she stole cash, a cell phone and a hatchet, among other items, from a man’s car on Sunday.
Crystal Lee Miller, 29, made her initial appearance in Missoula County Justice Court on Monday on a count of felony theft, as well as misdemeanors for disorderly conduct and criminal trespass to a vehicle.
According to a court affidavit, a Missoula police officer was called to the area around the intersection of Fourth and Washburn streets on Sunday after three separate callers reported a woman screaming while walking down the road.
When the officer arrived, a man told him the woman, Miller, was in a nearby alleyway. As the officer approached her, Miller allegedly began screaming again and denied being disorderly. When she attempted to leave, the officer arrested her for disorderly conduct.
When her possessions were searched at the Missoula County jail, detention officers said they found an envelope containing $2,000 in cash, a hatchet, license plates, a cell phone and other items purportedly belonging to a Missoula man inside the bags Miller had been carrying.
The man told police the items had been stolen from his car, which had been parked near the intersection where Miller was arrested.
In court on Monday, deputy county attorney Selene Koepke requested Miller’s bail be set at $2,000 and that she be forbidden from contact with the owner of the allegedly stolen goods. After hearing from public defense attorney Brian Yowell that Miller likely couldn’t afford such a bail, and wanted a path to be released to deal with other matters, Koepke said she wouldn’t have a problem with Miller being screened for pretrial supervision.
Justice of the Peace Landee Holloway set bail at the amount requested by Koepke and ordered a pretrial supervision screening.