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Whitefish Police Arrest One After Chase

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The Whitefish Police Department arrested one person last night and is currently seeking his accomplice after a series of burglaries, thefts and vandalisms in the Whitefish area.

The following is a press release from the Whitefish Police Department:


Andrew Ryan Dlask, 21 of Libby, was arrested after a short vehicle chase. Dlask  was  in the area of Idaho and Waverly Place at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, when he saw a Nissan pick-up parked outside a residence with the motor running. Dlask, who was riding a stolen mountain bike, parked the bike near the pick-up and drove from the scene in the pick-up. The owner of the vehicle came out a short time later and discovered his vehicle was missing. An attempt to locate was broadcast. Approximately an hour later, a relative of the pick-up owner observed the vehicle traveling east on E. Edgewood toward Columbia Falls and alerted the 911 center. Members of the Columbia Falls police department, Whitefish Police Department and Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks converged on the area to shut off all avenues of escape. A Whitefish Lieutenant observed the vehicle near the Stoltz saw mill and pursued it. Dlask drove the stolen vehicle into the mill parking lot and fled on foot into a swampy area north of the mill with three Whitefish Officers in pursuit on foot. After a lengthy pursuit through the thick forest, a creek and swamp, Dlask was apprehended.
Dlask later confessed to 3 burglaries, numerous attempted burglaries, felony criminal mischief, thefts of 6 to 10 bikes and car break-ins. Dlask told investigators that he and his accomplice, who he identified as a juvenile male, would steal bicycles and cruise residential neighborhoods during the day and look for houses where it appeared there was no one home. One of them would approach the door and knock while the other served as a look out. If no one answered the door, they would either force the door open or in some cases doors were found unlocked. In one instance, a man on East Second Street in Whitefish observed the two burglars attempting to enter a neighbor's house and then attempt to enter his vehicle. He confronted them and took Dlask's picture with his cell phone and then reported his observation to police.  
Dlask is currently being held in the Flathead County Jail for vehicle theft. Additional charges are expected.   Whitefish Police strongly recommend that people lock their cars and homes.   Ironically, the Detective who pursued and caught Dlask, Shane Erickson, recently competed in the Spartan Race and related that the foot pursuit was much like the race.

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