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Reward offered in Musselshell County arson case that destroyed Sheriff's vehicle

Sheriff Lesnik: 2011 Dodge patrol truck was "completely destroyed."
Posted: 1:27 PM, Sep 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-06 15:31:01-04
Reward offered in Musselshell County arson that destroyed Sheriff's vehicle
Musselshell County, Montana
Reward offered in Musselshell County arson that destroyed Sheriff's vehicle

GREAT FALLS — The Musselshell County Sheriff’s Office in Roundup is investigating a case of arson that destroyed a patrol pickup truck.

In a Facebook post , Sheriff Shawn Lesnik said the 2011 Dodge patrol truck was "completely destroyed."

The Sheriff’s Office had used the large building complex on Meathouse Road to store patrol vehicles during the threat of severe thunderstorms over the summer.

An unassigned patrol truck had been left at the shop after one of the thunderstorms in July. Sometime between the end of July and mid-August, someone entered the secure area and set the patrol truck on fire, causing approximately $40,000 in damage.

An investigation has been completed and determined that the fire was intentionally set, according to Sheriff Lesnik.

He says that a "person of interest" has been identified, but the Sheriff would like to speak with anyone that has any information about this crime.

Sheriff Lesnik noted that the patrol vehicle was owned by the taxpayers of Musselshell County and the individual or individuals responsible for this crime need to be held accountable by the taxpayers of this county.

There is a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible.

If you have information that may help, you're asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 406-323-1402.