Antonio Lamere and Lacey Hawley are facing criminal charges after they allegedly robbed a grocery store in Great Falls on Monday evening.
According to the Great Falls Police Department, Lamere stole a case of Twisted Tea from Albertsons on the northwest side of town just before 7 p.m.
Once outside, according to GFPD, he got into a “physical disturbance” with a store employee and left the scene. The incident with the employee is what turned the charges from misdemeanor shoplifting to felony robbery.
Police tracked Lamere and Hawley to a residence where they were eventually taken into custody.
Lamere, 20 years old, is facing charges of felony robbery, obstructing a police officer, and minor in possession of alcohol.
Hawley, 30 years old, is facing charges of felony robbery by accountability and obstructing a police officer.
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(UPDATE) Antonio Lamere and Lacey Hawley face criminal charges after they allegedly robbed a grocery store in Great Falls on Monday evening.
Court documents state Lamere and Hawley went into the Albertsons grocery on the northwest side of town and went into the alcohol cooler and grabbed a case of Twisted Tea valued at $18.99.
They then left the store without paying for the case, which was carried by Lamere.
When they reached their their vehicle, Lamere turned around, set down the Twisted Tea, and “became confrontational” with a store employee who had followed them out of the store.
The employee tried to grab the case of Twisted Tea from under Hawley’s arm, but Lamere punched him on the left side of his face and the back of the head, according to the charging documents.
When the employee turned to get away, Lamere grabbed an unopened Twisted Tea can and threw it at the employee and struck him in the back, which resulted in a bruise.
Lamere and Hawley then left the scene in a Honda Accent.
A short time later, a police officer saw the vehicle near 3rd Street North and 2nd Avenue North and conducted a traffic stop.
During the stop, the driver of the vehicle told the officer that the robbery suspects were Lamere and Hawley, and that she had dropped them of at a residence near Central Avenue West.
The officer drove to the residence and saw Lamere standing in a bedroom in a corner of the residence. The officer knocked on the window, announced his presence, and told Lamere to walk to the front door, according to court documents.
All occupants of the residence were told several times to come out and they refused. About 24 minutes later, Lamere finally came outside.
Court documents state the officer could smell “the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath and Lamere admitted to consuming three beers.”
Hawley was then found inside the residence after Lamere was detained.
Lamere, 20, and Hawley, 30, have been charged with felony robbery and two misdemeanors for obstructing a peace officer or other public servant, and possession of or unlawful attempt to purchase an intoxicating substance.
The State requested that bond be set at $4,000.