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12:08 PM Wed, Sept. 19th

Man admits stealing Christmas tree, couple could face charges

Montana

Montana

Prescott police arrested a Prescott couple Saturday after the man told police he stole a Christmas tree from the Fry's parking lot and the woman allegedly made harassing phone calls to 911 dispatchers.

Officers booked Kenneth Hazlewood, 48, on charges of burglary and Rosamond Maw Montana, 42, on charges of use of a telephone to harass.

The police report was forwarded to the Yavapai County Attorney's Office to review whether to file charges of theft and third-degree burglary against Hazlewood and charges of third-degree burglary and theft against Montana.

At 4:55 police answered a call about a stolen tree from the manager of the Fry's on Fair Street.

A customer told the store manager that he saw a person climb over the fence around the trees in the parking lot, throw a tree over the fence, and saw two people load it onto a white sports utility vehicle and drive off. The customer gave the manager the SUV's license plate number.

The officer asked the manager if the customer could have paid for the tree, but the manager said trees did not go on sale until Nov. 28.

Three officers went to the address on the SUV's registration, found the SUV, looked through the window, and saw a 7-foot-tall Christmas tree inside the house, according to the police report.

Hazlewood told the officer that they were going to pay for the tree, but when he went inside the store to get someone to help him get the tree, no one would help him, so he said he climbed the fence and took it, according to the police report. Montana told the officer she did not want Hazlewood to go to jail.

Montana told the officer they just wanted a tree and would pay for it tomorrow, according to the police report. The officers told Hazlewood and Montana that they should have paid for the tree before taking it and later returned the tree to Fry's.

Later that night, officers returned to the home after Montana allegedly made repeated harassing phone calls to 911 dispatchers, and officers arrested her, according to the police report.