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By A.J. Etherington
The Courier 

GPD Reports Burglar Behind Bars

Suspect Apprehended in Roundup After Series of Auto Thefts


The Glasgow Police Department is reporting that the suspect in a two-month string of burglaries throughout Glasgow has now been arrested in Roundup, Mont. The arrest occurred after the suspect committed a pair of automobile thefts. Sheriff Glen Meir told the Courier that Adam Jacob Kelly, 42, was arrested after he stole a vehicle while burglarizing a farm here in Valley County. He then abandoned the vehicle in Jordan, Mont. where he stole a second vehicle and drove to Roundup.

According to Sheriff Meir, Kelly was apprehended after a resident of Garfield County saw the report of the stolen vehicle on Facebook, recognized the vehicle, and reported it to Musselshell County Sheriff Office. The Musselshell sheriff then arrested Kelly and executed a search warrant on the stolen vehicle the evening of Sept. 12.

Glasgow Chief of Police Bruce Barstad told the Courier that in addition to drugs in the vehicle, the Musselshell undersheriff had reportedly found evidence linking Kelly to the string of burglaries in Glasgow. Before that search, however, Chief Barstad said that GPD had worked out Kelly’s residence, and had plotted its vicinity to the burglaries leading them to have searched his house the morning of Sept. 12, prior to the report from the Musselshell undersheriff.

Chief Barstad reported that GPD had found evidence in Kelly’s residence linking him to the burglaries in Glasgow, but that additional items had been found that are likely stolen but have not been reported missing yet. Chief Barstad stated, “We recovered two pickups full of evidence on the search.” he added, “[We are] Trying to identify the tools and who they belong to.” He asked that if you believe you have been a victim of a burglary to contact GPD at 228-8050 to work out identifying your belongings.

From this point Chief Barstad said the property crime charges will be referred to the County Attorney who will choose what to pursue in way of charges, but he believes Kelly will also face charges in Musselshell County and Garfield County. He added, “It is likely he won’t be eating Christmas dinner at home.”

According to Sheriff Meir, Kelly has an extensive criminal history which includes DUIs, drug offenses and other property crimes and burglaries. Kelly is originally from Yellowstone County.


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