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Billings man charged with robbery for stealing candy bar

Posted at 3:47 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 17:47:23-04

BILLINGS – A Billings man was charged Monday with felony robbery for allegedly stealing a candy bar from an Ace Hardware store on Sunday.

David William Bowman, 57, was scheduled to make his initial appearance Monday in Yellowstone County Justice Court on one count each of felony robbery and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

A clerk at Ace Hardware on State Avenue in Billings called 911 Sunday afternoon to report that a man had stolen merchandise and left the premises.

The woman said the suspect attempted to purchase a candy bar, but his credit card wouldn’t work and he became angry.

Bowman gave his credit card to the woman and allegedly said if she could not make it work, he was going to strangle her.

Bowman also made a sexual comment about “swiping her,” the woman said.

The clerk couldn’t get the card to work, so Bowman took it back and left with the candy bar.

The woman said she was very scared by the encounter and believed Bowman was going to hurt her.

Officers located Bowman at his home and noted that he appeared very aggravated.

When officers brought up the candy bar, Bowman began screaming and trying to go back inside his house.

Officers told Bowman to stay outside and follow orders but he allegedly declined until he was threatened with a Taser.

While he was being booked at the jail, detention officers patted down Bowman and allegedly found a baggie containing methamphetamine and a baggie with mushrooms in his pocket.

Bowman is being held at the Yellowstone County jail without bond.

Reporting by Aja Goare for MTN News