At around 6:30 a.m. on Monday, a citizen flagged down a Missoula Police Officer. The citizen told the officer that they had just passed a business in the 300 block of North Higgins Avenue and noticed a large window had been broken. Police Public Information Officer Travis Welsh explains.

“The citizen reported that to the officer who then responded to the scene,” Welsh said. “When the officer arrived, he noticed a large window next to the main entrance had in fact been smashed out, apparently by a rock. The officer made contact with business owners. They were able to determine that items of clothing had been taken from the residence and they reviewed their surveillance video.”

Court documents indicate the officer observed a rock on the floor of the business. The officer also observed that one of the store’s mannequins was unclothed and on the sidewalk outside the store. Later that same morning, another officer reviewed the business’s surveillance video.

“They did see the suspect on the video,” Welsh said. “The officer recognized the male as 36-year-old Kenneth Oralls. Oralls is a local homeless person who is known to the officers from previous contacts. He was located a short time later and placed under arrest for a count of burglary.”

The officer could identify how Oralls looked that morning because he had interactions with him shortly after Oralls attempted to burglarize a shed behind Lewis and Clark Adventures that same morning.

Officers were able to locate Oralls at the Eastgate Albertsons because he had been permanently trespassed from that store.

On September 10th, 2020, Oralls was charged with one count of felony assault with a weapon after he allegedly held a knife to another man’s stomach and throat. Now he is being charged with one count of felony burglary.

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