A 31-year old Billings man was arrested in Baker Jan. 21 in the recreation center locker room after a vehicle reported stolen was found in a nearby parking lot.
Timothy Keil was taken into custody after a black 2011 Ford F-150 crew cab with Yellowstone County plates was spotted in the parking lot.
According to Chief Mike Reddick of the Baker Police Department, the vehicle had been located after an advisory had been posted that it might be in the Baker area.
“It was spotted about 2:45 p.m.,” the chief explained. “Law enforcement located a stolen vehicle in the parking lot.”
A subsequent search found the man in the recreation center locker room where he was taken into custody. “He was placed under arrest and we took him outside,” the chief added.
The rec center is part of the Baker High complex, but it has a separate entrance, the police chief explained. “The public can use that (the recreation center) as well without having access to the school,” he said. “The key fob will unlock the rec center door but not give you access to the high school.”
He later was bonded out with charges pending, according to the police chief.
The stolen vehicle was impounded and towed away, and after a search warrant was issued, drug-related items were discovered and sent to the state crime lab for examination, the chief explained.
Both Baker Police Department and the Fallon County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the apprehension.
Billings Police Department was the originating agency which took the stolen vehicle report, the chief said. The owner of the vehicle is a resident of Billings and told officials that Keil may have been heading to Baker.
The police chief also said that it appeared that Keil had only just arrived in Baker shortly before he was arrested.