Man tries to return stolen items caught with meth in Missoula

Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) — On November 27, 2022, Missoula Police Department officers responded to a store in the 2900 block of Brooks Street. A man reportedly attempted to return merchandise to the store that had been stolen from the same store in Great Falls, Montana. Police Public Information Officer Lydia Arnold picks up the story.

“The caller provided the vehicle description and license plate number of the vehicle that the man was getting into,” Arnold said. “An officer arrived at the scene and located the vehicle. The man was outside the vehicle and upon seeing the officer, they quickly got into the vehicle and began driving away. The vehicle came to a stop just before the store.”

According to court documents, the man refused to get out of the vehicle and had to be removed by law enforcement.

“The officer identified himself, the reason for the stop and the criminal investigation,” Arnold said. “The man refused to obey the officer’s orders and gave the officers a false name. It was only later at the stop that the man’s identity was confirmed as Tristan Dodge. During the investigation, dangerous drugs were found in a consent search.”

Court documents show Dodge was briefed on his rights and said he gave a false name because he had a Great Falls warrant. Dodge also denied knowing anything about stolen property, claiming to have purchased the merchandise from Facebook. The store showed pictures of the original Great Falls theft, and the person in the video matched Dodge.

During a search of Dodge’s vehicle, officers found $2,400 in cash and a small bag of methamphetamine. Dodge stated that he did not know the meth remained in the bag, but acknowledged that it was his.

Dodge is currently charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs, obstruction of a peace officer and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

The information in this article comes from publicly available sources.

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