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By: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter
Syndicated By: Montana News
Billings man Wesley Dennis Hugs was arrested and charged with Theft. On Feb 1, 2019, Officer Cook at about 2:30 p.m. observed a blue Kia Forte that had matched a report of a stolen vehicle.
The vehicle was on the West side of South 29th street near an apartment building.
Officer Cook ran a license plate and they came back as belonging to a maroon Chevrolet Malibu.
Officer Cook initiated a traffic stop.
In the passenger seat was a female who stepped out of the vehicle.
Officer Cook ordered the woman to the rear of the vehicle.
The female was identified as Natashia Three Irons. While Officer Cook was speaking to Three Irons, a male came out of the apartment building and walked directly to the driver's door of the Kia and attempted to get in the vehicle
Officer Cook Screamed at the male and ordered him to turn around as he was under arrest. Officer Cook then detained the man. Later Officer Cook learned that this man was Wesley Dennis Hugs.
After Officer Cook read Hugs his Miranda Warning, Hugs stated to the Officer that he had not driven the vehicle but indicated that a man by the name of Justin had given him a ride in it. Hug's did not know the last name of the Justin when asked.
Both Three Irons and Hugs admitted to Officer Cook that they were well aware that the vehicle was a stolen vehicle. Another Officer assisted Officer Cook. That Officer is Officer Wilden. Office Wilden interviewed several individuals in the immediate area to see if anyone knew of or had any information of the two individuals that were in custody.
A woman by the name of Anna Fowler with CLDI stated to Officer Wilden that film footage of Hugs was available and showed that Hugs was driving the Kia and parked the stolen vehicle in front of the apartment building.
Officer Cook placed Hugs under official arrest and transported him to the Yellowstone County Jail. The stolen vehicle was worth about $28,000 dollars
This article was published by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter License# USPA-ID-US/VI-01/29995