Billings man Michael Paul Gruber was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of Meth and 2nd Offense Theft including Criminal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
According to Billings Police report 18-68561, On September 16, 2018, Billings Police Officer Cache Anderson was dispatched to the area near 10th Ave South and South 29th Street in the alley for what was described as a suspicious vehicle.
As Officer Cache Anderson pulled into the alleyway, the Officer observed a white and red truck with two male occupants inside, pull into a parking spot.
Officer Cache Anderson got out of his patrol car and approached the pickup truck and made contact with both males.
The passenger was identified as Tyler Lamere and the driver was identified as Michael Paul Gruber. Officer Cache Anderson observed a drug pipe on the laying on the floorboard between Michael Paul Gruber's feet.
Tyler Lamere had several warrants for his arrest that were active, so Officer Cache Anderson removed Lamere from the vehicle. As he was being removed Officer Anderson observed a pipe that Lamere had been sitting on, laying on the seat.
Billings Police Officer Cache Anderson then put his attention towards Michael Gruber. Officer Anderson discovered that the plates that were on the pickup truck did not match that vehicle and belonged to another vehicle.
When Officer Anderson asked Gruber about the plates, Gruber responded that he saw the vehicle parked on South 27th street for several weeks with a flate tire. He assumed that the vehicle was abandoned so he took the vehicle.
Billings Police Officer Stroble arrived to assist Officer Cache Anderson.
Officer Stroble ran a VIN check and discovered that this vehicle was stolen previously but then recovered two weeks ago.
The pipes that were found tested positive for METH.
Both Lamere and Gruber were taken into custody without further incident.
This article was published by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter License# USPA-ID-US/VI-01/29995
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