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Great Falls woman pleads not guilty to extension office burglary

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POLSON — A Great Falls woman is accused of breaking into the Montana State University Flathead Reservation Extension Office in Polson and an adjacent office.

Crystal Gayle Hilton, 41, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson Sept. 1 to two counts of felony burglary.

According to charging documents, on Aug. 9, Polson police officer Alan Booth responded to a report of a possible break-in at the building located at 701 First Street E. Upon arriving, officer Booth observed a female sitting outside the building. After speaking with the person who reported the break-in, officer Booth learned that a coat had been taken and that another break-in at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Senior Center had occurred. As Booth was leaving, he noticed the female sitting outside, later identified as Hilton, was wearing the coat that was taken. Hilton was taken into custody and booked into jail on two counts of burglary. Judge James Manley set the case for trial on Feb. 14, 2022.


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