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Tracy Gilson

Tracy Gilson

A woman charged with using stolen checks at Missoula businesses was back in court on Wednesday after failing to show up to hearings in already open criminal cases.

Acting Justice of the Peace Tracy Rhodes said 37-year-old Tracy Ann Gilson was arrested Tuesday on warrants issued after she failed to come to court in a pair of other cases.

Although a felony forgery charge was filed against Gilson in December, the allegations contained in her complaint date back to January 2016.

According to a court affidavit, an officer was called to a Missoula convenience store that month after a woman tried to make a purchase using a stolen check. The clerk told police he was friends with the ex-husband of the woman whose checks had been stolen.

When Gilson allegedly tried to pass off the stolen check, the clerk told her he knew it was stolen and that he was calling the police, he told the officer.

An officer reviewed security footage from the store and recognized Gilson as the woman who tried to make the purchase.

When they later contacted the woman whose checks were taken, police determined that 12 checks were missing, but that five had since been written to local businesses.

When police interviewed Gilson in July 2016, she allegedly admitted that she wrote the check at the convenience store, adding that the checks had been stolen by another man.

Records also indicate that last spring Gilson was charged with misdemeanors for trespassing, criminal mischief and resisting arrest after allegedly breaking into a woman’s home.

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for the Missoulian.