(MTN News-BUTTE )It was bad timing for a man accused in the armed robbery of a Butte casino Monday morning – An off-duty cop helped nab the robber before he got away with the money.
Just before 8 a.m. Monday, an off-duty Butte police officer witnessed a man run from the Lucky Charm Casino on Harrison Avenue and flee into a neighborhood in the 2100 block of Ottawa Street. The officer called authorities and within minutes police had a man in custody who is suspected of robbing the casino at gunpoint.
“Officers were in the area actually when the call came out, so we were able to respond there pretty quickly and we witnessed the man throw two bags over his shoulders,” said Butte Undersheriff George Skuletich. “We then instructed the man to lay on the ground, which he did, we handcuffed him.”
Along with the money, police found the .40 caliber handgun they suspect was used in the robbery. Police arrested 23-year-old Shane Tenold of Butte.
“It was good police work , it was great work by the off duty officer and we were lucky we had officers in the immediate area,” said Skuletich.
Crimes like this are often difficult to solve, because they happen so quickly, so it was fortunate that an off-duty officer just happened to be driving by as the robbery was going down.
“It was great that he was in area and was able to watch the male run from the store,” said Skuletich. “He was dressed all in black with a hoodie on so it would have been tough to ID the person.”
Tenold is expected to appear in Butte Justice Court Tuesday to face an armed robbery charge.
Police said no one was injured in the robbery and did not release how much money was taken in the robbery. Tenold remains jailed.