Bigfork burglary suspect pleads not guilty


KALISPELL, Mont. - One of the two men accused of breaking into several Bigfork businesses pleaded not guilty to seven charges.

Court documents allege 18-year-old Severin Gislason of Kalispell broke into Bigfork United Rentals and stole a credit card. Documents also say he broke in to the Bigfork Senior Center, a dentist's office, and chiropractor's office, among others. In all, court documents say Gislason broke into six Bigfork-area businesses overnight on February 18.

If convicted of all seven charges, Gislason could face up to 130 years in Montana State Prison, and up to $350,000 in restitution.

Gislason was initially logged at the Flathead County Detention Center, but has since bet let out on house arrest.

Authorities are still searching for the second man accused of being involved in the burglaries, 18-year-old Shane Christensen of Kalispell.

Christensen has a warrant out for his arrest, and authorities are looking for leads or information on his whereabouts. If you have any information, you can call the Flathead County Sheriff's Office at 406-758-5585.