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Break In Investigation Still Has A Long Way To Go

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One day after Kalispell police got wind of a break in at an abortion clinic, a Columbia Falls man is behind bars.

All Families Healthcare, the only provider offering abortions in the Valley, is still in bad shape after Monday's vandalism.

The investigation is ongoing, but police say they do have a suspect in custody.

Last night police arrested 24-year-old Zachary Klundt. They got a call a little after 6:00 p.m. about a burglary that had just happened, while they were still scouring the active crime scene on First Avenue East. They found Klundt walking away from a store on South Main Street. Klundt had a loaded handgun and a few other weapons.

While officers were taking him to the Flathead County Detention Center for burglary and carrying a concealed weapon, they realized something.

"Really it was officers noticing things, little things that really made a big difference in connecting that suspect to the first crime scene," said Roger Nasset, Kalispell's Chief of Police.

Nasset calls it "substantial evidentiary similarities."

"We feel pretty comfortable that we do have the one suspect in custody," said Nasset, "but we're just not going to close our mind to the possibility of more."

After nearly twelve hours of combing through the building, police have released the crime scene, but Nasset says that the investigation has a long way to go. They're working with three FBI agents. Specifically, police are relying on the FBI to help them look into a fair bit of "electronic evidence" that Nasset can't go into much detail about yet.

It's still too early to tell exactly why Klundt or anyone else did this. Nasset says things were taken from the clinic and tens of thousands of dollars of damage was done to much of the medical equipment.

"Looking at that scene it appeared a bomb went off," said Nasset.

If the police manage to make a case against Klundt, his charges could be upped to include criminal mischief, a felony, attempted burglary, and theft. Nasset says that if it does turn out to be a hate crime, charges could become even harsher.

Police are asking if you happened to drive by the All Families Healthcare on Monday night and saw anything unusual to let them know.

You can call Crime Stoppers at 406.752.8477.

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