Preliminary hearing set for burglary, theft suspect

Bail for Donald Franklin Mallo, 46 of Butte, was set at $50,000 early last week and a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 3.

Mallo is charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of felony theft. He appeared before Judge MaryAnn O’Malley in justice court via video conference on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Mallo is currently being held in the Butte jail on parole violation. His legal record dates back to 1991 when he was also charged with theft and burglary. He was charged in Madison County on burglary that year. He has previous offenses in Madison, Jefferson, Sanders and Silver Bow counties.

Stonefly Outfitters in Twin Bridges and the Stockman Bar in Sheridan were burglarized in July.  Reportedly, more than $13,000 in merchandise and almost $5,000 in cash was taken from Stonefly Outfitters. A little more than $2,000 in cash and $550 worth of alcohol and cigarettes were stolen from the Stockman Bar around the same time.

Mallo was seen near the Stockman Bar the day of the burglary, according to court documents. The pickup truck he was driving that day was later located in Butte when Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Tenny followed a lead from the public. Bank deposit bags found in the garbage in Butte led law enforcement to Mallo’s girlfriend’s house on Aug. 1.

Tenny, who was assisted by the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement, FBI and Montana Parole and Probation, also found more than 50 grams of methamphetamine at the house. The merchandise from Stonefly Outfitters was found in the back of another pickup truck there.

Mallo’s girlfriend and her brother were arrested with Mallo, but were released and not charged in the burglaries, as it was determined that he acted alone.

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