|April 22, 2005
Man charged with felony theft
A man accused of trying to run away from a downtown Billings art gallery
with a bronze statue valued at $3,500 was charged Thursday with felony
theft. Brian Douglas Stanley, 43, appeared in Justice Court by video from
the county jail where he was ordered held on $30,000 bond. Judge Larry
Herman ordered Stanley to appear for arraignment Monday in District Court.
According to court records, Stanley was arrested Wednesday at a downtown
tavern a few hours after Gary Temple, owner of the Meadowlark Gallery
on North 29th Street, said he chased a man who tried to run off with a
bronze statue. Temple told police he was in the gallery with an employee
when a man walked in at about 2:45 p.m. After about 10 minutes, Temple
said, the man left and Temple saw that he was carrying a bronze statue
belonging to the gallery. Temple said he chased the man for several blocks
(actually for about sixty feet) for the thief stopped, placed the statue
on the ground, and continued to flee. Temple returned to the gallery with
the statue and called police.
Stanley was arrested at about 7 p.m. when officers were sent to the Empire
Bar to remove an intoxicated customer. When officers arrived, they recognized
Stanley from a description provided earlier of the would-be statue thief
provided by Temple. Stanley was arrested outside the bar.
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