Billings Police Arrest And Charge Dante Lamar King with Simple Theft Instead of Grand Theft Auto: Estimated value of (2) Range Rovers $154,000.00

February 16, 2018





By: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter

Syndicated by: Montana News

Billings, Montana, --//MNA Press//--Billings Man Dante Lamar King really had his sights set high, however misguided, when he decided to steal Two Land Rovers.


One Land Rover was a 2016 White Range Rover valued at $84,000.00 and a 2016 gray Range Rover valued at $70.000.00. According to the Billings Police Department, local Billings Car Dealer, Dana Motors, reported a burglary of their store.


Billings Police Officer Weston was dispatched to the location of 2120 Grand Ave and spoke to Del McCormick, who is the president of Dana Motors.


Del McCormick stated that between the hours of 17:30 on December 18 , 2017 and 7:00 a.m. on December 19, 2017 their property was robbed. Access to the Dana Motors building was accomplished by breaking a window on the west side of the Dealership building.


Once in Dante Lamar King entered the office, he stole two sets of keys that belonged to both the Range Rovers.  According to Dana Motors, the suspect left the business with the stolen keys and went to the address of 2016 Grand Ave and actually stole both vehicles.


$154.000.00 in estimated value.


This is what Grand Theft Auto actually means.


Yet the Billings Police just charged Dante Lamar King with just a simple Theft.


What is wrong with the Billings Police Department?


The problem starts with Billings, Chief of Police Rich St. John.


Billings Police Chief Rich St. John is not trusted nor respected by many in the Billings community because he is a corrupt, dirty cop and has outlived his effectiveness.


How Sad.


In the case of Dante Lamar King,


On Feb 14, 2018 U.S. marshal Swanson located the Range Rover heading west on Yellowstone River road.


This Range Rover was the $84,000.00 vehicle that was stolen from Dana Motors.


The vehicle had fictitious license plates, the driver was Dante Lamar King.   According to records, Dante King had a felony warrant for his arrest when he had pointed a gun at another individual.


Officer Michael Gilluly, another Billings Bad Cop that needs to either retire or be fired,


Arrived to assist.


Officer Gilluly claims that he found the keys to the Range Rover in the pocket of Dante King.


Billings Police Swanson advised officers at the scene that Dante King more than likely had a gun somewhere inside the vehicle.   After a search of the vehicle, a 38. Caliber Smith & Weston was located.


The revolver was loaded and was hidden in the center of the console.


The revolver was stolen back in December `12 , 2017.    Billings Police Officer Foster was given consent to search the vehicle by an employee of Danna Motors.  Billings Police Officer Kramer arrived at the Yellowstone County Detention Center and conducted and interview with Dante Lamar King.


Officer Hoeger stated that Detention Officer Plotner found what he believed was Cocaine wrapped up in a dollar bill that King had folded up in his pocket.


The white powder weighed in at 1.7 grams.


Yellowstone County Deputy County Attorney Margaret R. Gallagher is the prosecuting attorney on this case.   The case number is CR2018-418 


What is  the meaning of the words Grand Theft Auto ?


Theft crimes are divided into petty thefts, which are usually misdemeanors that are punished by up to one year in jail.


Grand  theft Auto cases, are usually felonies cases,  and are punishable by up to one year or more in prison.   


Grand theft Auto is the theft of property worth more than a certain dollar amount, often between $500 and $1,000.   However, in most states, theft of a car is always grand theft, even if the car is not worth very much.




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