Accused Coins N Cards robber returned to Butte, due in court


BUTTE, Mont. - Dale Edward Wallace, the man suspected of robbing the Coins N Cards store on Harrison Ave. has been returned to Butte and is due in court Thursday.

Police say Wallace, 30, and Sarah Jo Johnson robbed the Coin N Cards store Monday December 30.  Investigators say they tied up the store owner and made off with cash, guns and collectables.

Five days later, on January 3, police in Oregon spotted Wallace and Johnson.  Oregon State Police say Wallace pointed a weapon at them as he tried flee. An officer hit Wallace with his patrol car during the incident.

Wallace was taken to the hospital.  Johnson entered into a standoff with police, ultimately killing herself.

Wallace waived extradition after being released from a Portland area hospital.  Butte-Silver Bow Police traveled to Oregon this week to bring him back.  Wallace is due in court around 3:30 Thursday after noon.

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