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Stevensville man charged with stealing from parents, violating protective order

Stevensville man charged with stealing from parents, violating protective order

Tristan Charles Olson

Tristan Charles Olson

A Stevensville man is being held on a $100,000 bond after allegedly stealing over $12,000 of property from his parents and violating a protective order for his ex-wife for the fifth time.

Tristan Charles Olson, 36, appeared before Ravalli County Justice Jennifer Ray on felony counts of violation of a protective order, burglary and theft. He also faces misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief, criminal trespass to property and possession of methamphetamine.

According to the charging affidavit, Olson lives in a camper trailer on property owned by his parents on Autobahn Drive.

On Thanksgiving, Olson’s parents reported that their camper trailers had been burglarized and their property was stolen.

The couple told authorities when they left their homes at about 11 a.m., Olson was still at his camper. When they returned, the couple discovered the father’s 2006 Ford pickup and a large number of construction tools were missing. They also found the camper trailer in which Olson’s mother lives had been entered and her C-PAP breathing machine, pain medications and a number of other items had been taken, including her passport, credit cards and driver’s license. In addition, they noted the wiring for the electric heater for the woman’s camp trailer was cut.

Olson’s father estimated the value of his truck and tools at about $6,000. Olson’s mother estimated her loss at $6,140.

Sheriff’s deputies searched the property and determined Olson wasn’t there despite the fact that his court-ordered GPS ankle bracelet last reported him at that location.

Olson had been ordered to wear a GPS ankle bracelet and be monitored for drug use after allegedly violating a protection order for his ex-wife four times. The last violations occurred between Oct. 15 and Oct 19.

On Nov. 27, Olson’s ex-wife reported receiving multiple texts from Olson, according to the affidavit.

On that same day, Olson’s father called 911 to report that he was blocking his son in the driveway to their residences, the affidavit said. Olson was arrested and deputies noted that his GPS ankle bracelet had been covered with a rag.

Later that day, deputies received a report from a contractor building a house in the Stevensville area. Olson’s father’s truck had been located inside the garage.

The garage was covered in Tyvek house wrap. The Tyvek covering the opening of the garage had been cut down the middle and then sewn back together with thermostat wire. The truck was hidden inside.

Sometime after that, Olson’s mother reported that she could see several of her stolen items inside Olson’s vehicle at the family's property.

After obtaining a search warrant for Olson’s vehicle and camper, officers located a glass methamphetamine pipe and brass capsule with white powder residue. The white powder tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.


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