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Houston pleads not guilty to stealing and crashing front-end loader

Posted at 3:27 PM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 18:12:23-04

GREAT FALLS – Heather Houston pleaded not guilty during her arraignment Wednesday after she allegedly stole and crashed a front-end loader at the beginning of the month.

Houston faces charges after allegedly stealing a front-end loader from Rainbow Dam Road and driving it into an apartment complex in Great Falls.

On July 1, the Great Falls Police Department responded to the Fox Hollow apartment complex where they found Houston after she allegedly drove across town, crashed through a fence, damaged a car, and hit the side of the complex.

Houston was reportedly topless and elevated the front-end loader to the second floor and crawled into an apartment before coming back out.

Houston, 34 years old, is charged with a felony criminal mischief, felony criminal endangerment, and misdemeanor theft and trespassing.

A trial is set for November 15.

(July 2, 2018) A Great Falls woman was arrested on Sunday after allegedly stealing a front-end loader and driving it into an apartment complex in Great Falls.

The Great Falls Police Department responded to the Fox Hollow apartment complex on Sunday morning where they found 34-year-old Heather Houston, who had reportedly stolen the loader from the 3100 block of Rainbow Dam Road and drove it across town to the apartments.

Fox Hollow is located at 1700 10th Street Southwest, behind the Best Western Heritage Inn.

The GFPD says that Houston then crashed through a fence with the loader, damaged a car, and hit the side of the complex.

She was reportedly topless as she elevated the front end to the second floor and crawled into an apartment before coming back out.

When police arrived, they arrested Houston on charges of felony criminal mischief and felony criminal endangerment. Additional charges could be filed.

Andy Ashcraft, who lives in the apartment building (and is also a KRTV employee) said it was quite the morning.

“She actually ran into the side of my window, it shook the whole house. That’s when we went running outside thinking, ‘We better get out of here in case the building comes down,’” Ashcraft said.

There were no reports of injuries.

Reporting by Elizabeth Transue for MTN News