Missoula police chase, robbery suspects appear in court

Zoe Buchli

Two Great Falls men arrested in connection with a Tuesday evening armed robbery in Missoula that led police on a chase between Bonner and Clinton appeared in court Thursday afternoon.

Michael N.S. McVey, 29, is charged with four felonies: first offense theft for a value between $1,500 and $5,000, accountability for robbery, assault on a peace officer and criminal endangerment. He is also charged with three misdemeanors: first offense theft under $1,500, fleeing from or eluding a peace officer and obstructing a peace officer.

Justin G. Pando, 31, is charged with two felonies: theft with a value between $1,500 and $5,000 and robbery, as well as one count of misdemeanor theft, a first offense under $1,500.

A green Chevy Silverado pickup was reported stolen from the Southgate Mall parking lot at 5:09 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the Missoula Police Department. Someone’s purse with a handgun inside was in the vehicle at the time of the theft.

A few minutes later, police responded to a reported theft at the Town Pump on North Reserve Street. The victim told officials the suspect had stolen about $100 worth of cigarettes.

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