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The Best ‘Montana Christmas Criminals’ Stories – Who’s on Santa’s Naughty List?

Christmas time is a time for giving, a time for family, and for some, a time to cause criminal mischief. Today, we share the wildest winter shenanigans that have happened in the Montana area. As we reflect upon some of the craziest Christmas wrong-doings in the past, remember, he’s making a list and checking it twice..


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Student “Smooshes” Pie In Santa’s Face

Back in 2007, A UM student who reportedly shoved a pumpkin pie into the face of a shopping-mall Santa has been slapped with misdemeanor assault.

Clint Westwood claimed he “lightly smooshed” the pie into Kris Kringle’s jolly face and shouted, “What do you think of that, Santa?”

The drama student at the University of Montana, said he filmed the whole thing and planned to include it in a self-produced film. He said that following the pie incident, he had intended to approach Santa for a signature on release form, but police beat him to it.



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Don’t Steal Trees From A Man Named Clouse

A man reportedly ripped off Christmas trees and wreath-making supplies from Christmas store owned by a man named Clouse — we aren’t kidding. Then he allegedly displayed the stolen decorations outside his home just a few short blocks away.

Back in 2009, Mike Allard was charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor theft for allegedly breaking into the Montana Wreaths & Pink Grizzly Christmas Store and loading the items into a shopping cart. Shane Clouse, owner of the Pink Grizzly, reported the burglary after he spotted Allard with the cartful of items. Clouse later saw two of his Christmas trees in Allard’s yard and stacks of wreaths in the entryway of his trailer.

When a sheriff’s deputy investigated he spotted the trees and wreaths at Allard’s house, then saw him inside making additional wreaths. Allard admitted taking the wreath-making supplies, but said they had been abandoned near the store and denied breaking in. Allard claimed a friend had given him the trees. Clouse said the trees were identical to the grand firs he sells — and pointed out that the red and yellow tags were still attached.



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Fugitive Found on Facebook After Posting Complaint About Cold Weather

A California man who violated parole 12 years ago and has been on the lam ever since was arrested last weekend after he posted a complaint on Facebook about cold weather in Montana.  The Glacier County Sheriff’s Office tells the Independent Record that 47-year-old Robert Lewis Crose was working in northern Montana when he inadvertently disclosed his location on his Facebook page.  Crose had posted a complaint about cold weather, and when someone asked where he was, Crose reportedly replied, “Cut Bank,” a small town near the Canadian border.

A fugitive task force in California learned of the Facebook update and forwarded photos of Crose to Montana authorities, who arrested Crose at a local casino.  Authorities say he was convicted in 1996 of making a terroristic threat, and for a gun violation.  The Los Angeles Times reports Crose served a year in jail before being paroled, and was returned to prison for another year for a parole violation before being released again in 1998.  Investigators say that’s when he fled the jurisdiction.


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