NewsCrime Watch


Billings man accused of stealing truck on Mother’s Day

Posted at 3:38 PM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:49:11-04
Clayton Mascarena. MTN News photo

BOZEMAN – A Billings man is accused of stealing a truck and giving a false name when pulled over by Bozeman police on Sunday has

Clayton James Mascarena, 45, appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Monday and is being held on $50,000 bail. Law enforcement officials say he has 52 past convictions.

According to charging documents, Mascarena was pulled over by a Bozeman police officer Sunday afternoon after signaling incorrectly on West Mendenhall Street.

During the stop, an officer noted the truck had a different Montana license plate on the back of the vehicle than the front.

Mascarena identified himself as “Robert Mascarena” with a birthdate of 1969 but told officers he didn’t have any documents with his name on it. He then gave officers his correct name and birthdate. He was arrested for driving while revoked and obstructing a peace officer.

Later on Sunday, May 12, 2019, law enforcement received information from Stillwater County that the vehicle Mascarena was driving had been reported as stolen.

During his court appearance, officials noted that Mascarena has 52 past convictions, including theft, assault, DUI, and assault of a partner or family member. He is also registered as a violent offender.

Mascarena’s next court appearance is set for May 31.