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Man allegedly acted as lookout

A 45-year-old Missoula man - the third person charged with burglarizing a Grant Creek convenience store - appeared in Missoula Justice Court on Thursday to face three felony charges.

Missoula police arrested Ronald Mason after a warrant was issued for his arrest April 14.

Mason, Christopher Zachary Leonard and Craig Hunter Crain are charged with breaking into the Sevenar store Feb 28. Crain and Leonard also faces additional charges after an alleged three-county burglary spree.

Crain and Leonard told law enforcement officers that Mason was the third person involved in the Sevenar store burglary, according to court documents.

Crain and Mason were the two men seen in a surveillance video, while Leonard stayed outside acting as a lookout, prosecutors allege.

Authorities were able to identify Crain on the video and Mason matches the second man's physical description and also wears glasses that resemble those seen in the video.

Three of the store's five video cameras and the ATM machine were damaged and the safe was pried open. Money was missing from the safe and the cash register.

Mason, who is charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief, is being held on $10,000 bail. His attorney, Bill Boggs, will ask for a bail reduction Friday and Acting Justice of the Peace Pat Holt set a hearing for May 12.

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