Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested twice in a span of four days in Montana on felony burglary, misdemeanor theft and criminal possession of dangerous drugs. Leaf is also facing a revocation of his probation in the state of Texas, where he was arrested on similar charges in 2008.
Leaf appeared by video from the Cascade County Detention Center for his initial court appearance in Great Falls on Monday afternoon, as details of his second arrest shed considerable light on the depth of his addiction to prescription painkillers.
According to a report by The Associated Press, owners of a home outside of Great Falls, Montana returned to their residence to find a "tall man with an athletic build" inside.
The man told the owners he had the wrong address and left.
The owners later discovered three bottles of prescription medication missing and phoned police. After describing his truck, his clothes and his "shiny black loafers," they picked Leaf out of a photo lineup.
A search of Leaf's home turned up 89 hydrocodone pills loose in the pocket of a bathrobe, police said. Authorities do not believe those were the same pills that were taken from the burglarized home, (Central Montana Drug Task Force Commander Chris) Hickman said.
Authorities obtained a warrant on Monday to search the GPS navigation system in Leaf's truck for possible links to burglaries in the area.
"The navigational system shows that he was in that driveway yesterday afternoon during the time frame of the burglary," Hickman said.
The GPS data also showed the truck drove up to between five and 10 other houses in the area, and authorities were checking with the residents there, he said.
More people have come forward with claims of stolen painkillers since Leaf's arrest Friday, though the task force has not yet investigated those claims. The task force plans to go back through the GPS' data history to pinpoint the truck's location during Thursday's burglary and to see whether it contains information that would lead investigators to a stash of stolen painkillers.
Despite what was a monthlong investigation resulting in an arrest last Friday that potentially violated his probation in the state of Texas, Leaf had been released on $76,000 bond. That will not be the case for his second arrest, which will keep Leaf behind bars until Wednesday, the Great Falls Tribune reports.
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