On September 11, 2022, Missoula Police Department officers responded to an apartment complex in the Miller Creek area after receiving a report of a theft in progress. The complainant reported that he located his stolen 2015 Ford Taurus while he was driving another vehicle with several of his friends.

After seeing his Taurus, which he originally reported stolen on August 7, 2022, the complainant made a U-turn and began following it. Police Public Information Officer Lydia Arnold picks up the story. 

“The victim called 911 and provided details about the location and the direction of travel,” Arnold. “A different license plate was on the vehicle at this time. As officers responded to the area, they were able to locate where the stolen vehicle had parked.”

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Once in the Miller Creek area, the Taurus accelerated to approximately 65-70 miles per hour and began driving on side streets in a blatant attempt to elude the group. They stopped following the Taurus after it became unsafe to do so but located it a short time later outside an apartment complex parked in a handicapped spot.  

Upon arrival, the officers spoke with the complainant and determined that the suspect likely entered one of the units. A short time later, a female, identified as 24-year-old Allison Spencer, exited one of the units and was detained while officers questioned her. 

“The female, Allison Spencer, who had been driving the vehicle was taken into custody,” Arnold said. “Under Miranda warning, Spencer made conflicting statements of how she became in possession of the stolen vehicle. Officers were able to show and articulate Spencer was not being truthful. Spencer is being held on charges of felony theft at the Missoula County Detention Center and this case is still under investigation with the Missoula Police Department Detective Division.”  

Spencer is currently being charged with one count of felony theft due to the fact the value of the stolen Taurus is approximately $10,000. 

The information in this article was obtained from sources that are publicly viewable. 

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