May 20, 2011 in City, Region

Suspected wallet thieves caught in traffic jam

Associated Press

MISSOULA, Mont. — Talk about wicked payback.

Two women suspected of stealing a wallet at a truck stop near Missoula were quickly arrested after getting caught up in slow-moving traffic.

Missoula County Sheriff Carl Ibsen says a bus carrying members of the Anaconda High School band to Spokane, Wash., to see the musical “Wicked,” were at the truck stop Thursday morning for a break. As one of the students was leaving the store, two women confronted her and one snatched her wallet.

The women’s car headed north on U.S. Highway 93, where they were caught in the traffic being routed around the site of an earlier two-vehicle crash.

The Missoulian reports 21-year-old Autumn Tenas is charged with robbery while 21-year-old Victoria Ann Hammer is charged with robbery and accountability to robbery.

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