Ex-NFL QB Leaf Arrested For 2nd Time In Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) – Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested again Monday, just days after he posted bail on similar charges that he burglarized a home and stole prescription drugs, authorities said.
Leaf was first arrested on Friday after police found oxycodone pills in his golf bag that an acquaintance later said Leaf stole from his home. Then early Monday, three days after posting a $76,000 bond, he was arrested again on accusations that he broke into another home outside Great Falls, Central Montana Drug Task Force Commander Chris Hickman said.
The owners walked into the home Sunday afternoon to find a “tall man with an athletic build” inside, Hickman said. 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. Authorities do not believe those were the same pills that were taken from the burgled home, Hickman said.
“We don’t know if he disposed of them or if he has a hiding place where he stores these things,” Hickman said.
Police were seeking a warrant for the GPS in Leaf’s pickup truck for information that will link Leaf to the two burgled homes and possibly lead them to a stash of stolen prescription pills, Hickman said.
More people have come forward with claims of stolen painkillers since Leaf’s Friday arrest, though the task force has not yet investigated those claims. Data from the GPS may also lead police to additional homes where prescription medication has been stolen, Hickman said.
Hickman and other members of the task force arrested Leaf at his home just after midnight.