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Stang charged after being found driving a stolen car in Great Falls

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Lenard James Stang (MT Dept of Corrections file photo) Lenard James Stang (MT Dept of Corrections file photo)
GREAT FALLS -

Lenard James Stang is facing several charges after he allegedly stole a car in Great Falls.

A police officer saw Stang driving a Chevy Impala early Sunday morning.

The car had been reported as stolen on Saturday.

When questioned by police, Stang said that he had not stolen the car, but said that he was aware that it had been stolen.

Stang has been charged with felony theft and the following misdemeanors: criminal trespass to vehicle; driving with suspended or revoked license; failure to carry proof of liability insurance.

According to the Montana Department of Corrections, Stang's criminal history includes convictions for forgery, burglary, theft, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and escape.

The convictions were in the following counties: Park, Madison, Beaverhead, Yellowstone, Silver Bow, Powell, and Granite.

He also has convictions in Iowa, Florida, and Wyoming.

Prosecutors requested that bail for Stang be set at $7,500.

The Great Falls Police Department has seen an increase in the number of automobile thefts since August and they recently formed a task force to deal with the problem.

The "Directed Enforcement Team" or "DET" is made up of three officers focusing their attention on tracking down stolen vehicles and mitigating the problem.

According to Great Falls Police Department Captain Robert Moccasin, officers discovered an increasing number of auto thefts starting in August.

Once the data was examined, the DET was formed. Click here for more information.

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