Man denies vehicle theft, criminal trespass charges

By 
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, September 26, 2019
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A man has denied a felony theft charge stemming from the alleged theft of a 2001 Chrysler Concorde from the Columbus area in April 2018.

Maurice D. Myers, 34, is also charged with two misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass to a vehicle for allegedly entering a 1997 Honda Accord and a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country on the same date without the owner’s permission.

Myers appeared in district court last Thursday and pleaded not guilty to all three offenses. Deputy Stillwater County Attorney Tom English requested a $10,000 bond amount, telling Judge Matt Wald that Myers was also jailed on other charges from other counties.

Bond was set at $10,000 and as of Wednesday, Sept. 25, Myers remained in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

THE CASE

On April 17, 2018, Columbus Police Officer Michael Zachary saw a silver 4-door car parked in front of a Columbus business at 11:30 p.m., when the business was already closed, according to court documents.

When the officer drove past the car, the driver “sped off at a high rate of speed and with a broken tail light,” according to court documents. Approximately an hour later, Officer Zachary received an anonymous report of a man in a broken down silver car at the Columbus Town Pump.

The reporting party stated that the man in the car appeared agitated after refusing to give him a ride, according to court documents. They found the car and determined it was the same silver car from the earlier incident and that it had been reported stolen from Billings.

Stillwater County Sheriff’s Deputies Clay Waltner and Cole Waltner responded to help search for Myers, but were unable to locate him. At 6:45 a.m. on April 18, 2018, police were called back to the Town Pump when Myers returned.

After placing Myers in handcuffs and reading him his Miranda warning, Myers allegedly admitted to driving the 2001 Chrysler Concorde in question that had been reported as stolen, according to court documents.

Myers said he had picked up the car from “a guy named Jeff” who was letting him take the car to Helena. Once in Helena, Myers said he was supposed to call “Jeff” to have the car picked up, according to court documents.

However, Myers did not have any contact information for “Jeff” or for the owner of the car. Myers also admitted that he had hidden in a Honda Accord and a Chrysler Town and Country in an attempt to evade officers.