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Couple Arrested In Theft Of Purple Heart And Christmas Gifts

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Police have two suspects in custody after the theft of a Purple Heart Medal and wrapped children's Christmas gifts from a Missoula storage shed. The theft could be linked to several other storage unit break-in's.

MPD Officers Sean Manraksa and Tim Harrington located the suspect, Steven Hurd, in a stolen car and he was taken into custody.

The subsequent investigation resulted in the execution of two search warrants. During the initial search the MPD located the stolen Purple Heart Medal. Many other items were recovered which may be connected to other thefts and burglaries. The wrapped children's Christmas gifts have not yet been located.

Hurd and his girlfriend Sheena Flankey are in custody for the thefts. Flankey was charged today with felony theft. Hurd was charged today with burglary, felony theft and possession of burglary tools. Flankey and Hurd's children were placed in a children's shelter.

The Missoula Police Officer's Association has purchased gifts for the victim's children to help replace the stolen children's Christmas gifts. The Missoula Police Association is also making a cash donation to Watson's Children Shelter on behalf of the children in the shelter during this Holiday Season.

The lead investigator for this case is Detective Katie Petersen. Citizens with information about this case may contact Detective Petersen at 406-552-6279.

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