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Man charged for 2012 methadone clinic robbery

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:14:46 AM MST
Updated On: Oct 07 2013 03:33:41 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

A Missoula man is charged with the April 2012 robbery of a methadone clinic.
    
30-year-old Paul John Beatty appeared in Justice Court Friday on charges of felony robbery and criminal possession of dangerous drugs. Acting Justice of the Peace Suzanne Geer ordered Beatty held on $150,000 bail - concurrent with his $150,000 bail set after his arrest last month on a probation violation.
    
Charging documents allege he robbed the Community Medical Services Inc. clinic at knifepoint, taking 79 bottles of liquid methadone with an estimated street value of $10,000.
    
Employees recognized the robber as a former client who was kicked out of the clinic that treats opioid dependency because of earlier attempts to steal methadone.
    
About a year after the robbery, another man identified Beatty as the robber.