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Shirley charged with breaking into a building and burning a phone book

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Charles Francis Shirley (Cascade County jail booking photo) Charles Francis Shirley (Cascade County jail booking photo)
Charles Francis Shirley has been charged in Great Falls after he allegedly broke into a downtown building and tried to burn a phone book. Charles Francis Shirley has been charged in Great Falls after he allegedly broke into a downtown building and tried to burn a phone book.
GREAT FALLS -

Charles Francis Shirley has been charged in Great Falls after he allegedly broke into a downtown building and tried to burn a phone book.

According to court documents, a police officer was dispatched to 512 Central Avenue - an empty store front - for a report of vandalism.

Two large glass bay windows had been broken, according to the officer, and someone had tried to light a phone book on fire inside, leaving ash and burn marks on the floor.

The officer also noted that the suspect had cut himself on the glass window and left "trails of blood" inside.

Inside the building, the officer found Shirley's driver's license.

Dispatch contacted the Benefis Health System emergency department and confirmed that Shirley had been treated for lacerations that were consistent with being cut by glass.

Officers contacted Shirley at Benefis and took him to the police station for a formal interview.

During the interview, Shirley admitted breaking the windows, entering the building, and starting the fire.

Court documents do not indicate any motive or reason.

Shirley is charged with felony burglary and felony criminal mischief, and misdemeanor negligent arson.

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