Montana man charged with burglary

A 33-year-old Red Lodge, Montana man is charged with burglarizing his ex-girlfriend’s home in July 2017

Arthur Russell Whitebody is charged in district court in Minot with breaking into the woman’s residence in Minot while she was gone, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court. She received a phone call from a friend telling her that the door to her residence was unlocked and cracked open. While she was on the phone at work, she felt a tap on her shoulder and saw Whitebody, whom she did not want around. Whitebody got into a verbal argument with another employee at her place of work when he refused to leave.

The woman went home and found that her PS4, valued at $400, and $80 in tip money was missing. There was a note on the table in handwriting that she told police is Whitebody’s. Whitebody allegedly admitted taking the items in Facebook messages.

Whitebody was also charged with beating and choking his then girlfriend on March 12, 2017, and was charged with Class C felony aggravated assault. He had been scheduled to go to trial on that charge on Dec. 12, 2017, but a bench warrant was issued when he didn’t appear for the trial, according to court records.

Whitebody is also charged with Class C felony bail jumping and Class C felony failure to register as a sex offender. He was adjudicated in juvenile court in Minot in January 2003 of having sex with a teenage girl when she was passed out at a party, according to the sex offender registry. He is considered a high risk sex offender and is required to register for life.

Whitebody was scheduled to make an initial appearance in district court in Minot on Friday on the new charge.

– Andrea Johnson