HELENA – A Helena suspect is charged with stealing thousands of dollars worth of silver and gold coins.

Melissa Dawn Shurtliff is accused of gaining access to a Janet Street residence and stealing $10,000 worth of coins from a safe, along with a shotgun while the homeowner was on vacation.

The 27-year-old suspect made her way into the residence using a garage door opener from a vehicle she borrowed from the victim.

Helena police say records show Shurtliff pawned two of the coins at Modern Pawn.
She’s also been charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Bond in the case is set at $10,000.

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