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Man charged for alleged Christmas morning burglary of Great Falls restaurant

Posted at 4:51 PM, Dec 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-26 18:56:16-05

GREAT FALLS- Kacey James Schulze has been charged with felony burglary and several misdemeanors after he allegedly broke into Jakers restaurant in Great Falls on Christmas morning.

Court documents state that police officers responded to a commercial burglary alarm at Jakers on 10th Avenue South about 5:25 a.m. Tuesday.

Officers saw Schulze running away from the restaurant. They followed him and found him in a backyard on the 1500 block of Ninth Avenue South, where he was arrested.

Another suspect, identified in court documents as Jared Decaccia, was last seen running south across 11th Avenue South.

Court documents say that when he was interviewed by police, Schulze admitted using meth recently, going to Jakers with Decaccia, and forcing entry into the restaurant.

According to the police affidavit, Schulze told officers that he and Decaccia used a large metal bar to shatter a door to get inside.  The affidavit states: “Decaccia carried a bucket full of tools into the building. Decaccia used these tools (grinder, torch, pry bar, etc.) to attempt to gain access to the safe.”

Schulze denied having any knowledge of Decaccia’s intentions were until he focused on the safe.

After a few minutes, Schulze saw police lights outside, notified Decaccia, and then ran away.

Damage to Jakers exceeds $1,500.

Court documents note that Schulze has two pending criminal cases for theft, forgery, burglary, criminal trespass to vehicles, and other charges.

Schulze has been charged with felony burglary and the following misdemeanors: criminal mischief; criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; theft (second offense) (attempt); obstructing a peace officer.