After a pursuit that began in Park County stretched all the way to Billings on Wednesday night, law enforcement from at least four agencies surrounded a block east of downtown for more than an hour while searching for two people thought to be armed.
The two people remained at large Thursday morning.
Two people evading law enforcement were riding a motorcycle at high speeds throughout the South Side of Billings and the downtown Billings area before the bike was found laid down in the area of Metric Wrench and Fisher's Technology on Sixth Avenue North and North 24th Street.
The Billings Police Department was not involved in the pursuit, which was related to a burglary in Park County, said Sgt. Shane Shelden. Initially it was believed that firearms were among the property stolen.
Thursday, Park County Undersheriff Clay Herbst said the motorcycle was stolen near Livingston in the Fleshman Creek area. Cash and jewelry were also taken, said Herbst, who said his agency has identified some people of interest.
The pursuit snaked through downtown Billings shortly before midnight, and by about 12:05 a.m. the motorcycle was found.
"After being chased around town they pulled into a dead-end alley and ditched the motorcycle" and walked away, Shelden said, adding it was initially believed the motorcycle had wrecked.
BPD, the Montana Highway Patrol, the Stillwater County Sheriff's Office and the Park County Sheriff's Office set up a perimeter in the area and surrounded the lot on which those businesses sit, and officers began searching the grounds with flashlights. Early on, commands from a bullhorn could be heard ordering someone to come out with their hands up.
Law enforcement began to disperse from the area at about 1:30 a.m. No one was found or arrested, Shelden said, and BPD remained on scene as of about 2 a.m. collecting stolen property found with the motorcycle.
There were no reports of property damage or wrecks related to the chase, Shelden said.