Suspect in Clinic Break-in Charged with Felonies

By Beacon Staff

Prosecutors have charged a 24-year-old Columbia Falls man with four felonies following his arrest as a suspect in a break-in at a Kalispell healthcare clinic.

Zachary Klundt faces felony burglary, criminal mischief, theft, and attempted burglary charges, which prosecutors filed against him on Thursday.

An arraignment is scheduled for March 27 and his bail is set at $100,000. Klundt remains in custody at the Flathead County Detention Center.

The charges stem from a March 4 report of a burglary at All Families Healthcare, a Kalispell clinic that provides a wide range of family practice and reproductive services and is also the valley’s only abortion provider.

Responding officers found shattered glass from the window of the door to the office, and found that the interior of the building was damaged extensively, according to court documents.

This included damage to art, furniture, medical instruments and supplies, as well as filing cabinets. Additionally, officers found a yellow powder covering “almost everything.”

Further investigation into the basement of the First Avenue East building revealed damage to the main sewer line, the furnace, and the water heater. Officers also found damage on the outside door leading to the basement, consistent with someone trying to break in from the outside.

Officers also found a footwear impression in the powder, along with blood at the scene. They were informed that about $950 was missing from the office.

Later on March 4, the Kalispell Police Department received a report of a burglary in process at Bob’s Bail Bonds on South Main Street. The owner reported that a man was trying to force his way into the business; the description of the man matched a man found about one block from the bail bonds office.

An officer approached the man, identified as Klundt, and noticed the butt of a handgun in Klundt’s jacket. The officer removed the gun, which he reported was loaded with a full magazine and a spare magazine in the holster.

Klundt allegedly told the officer he had been at the bail bonds office to speak with the owner, but the owner identified Klundt as the man attempting to break in.

Officers reported observing cuts on Klundt’s hands and finding glass shards in his pocket, and about $915 in another pocket. They also allegedly matched Klundt’s shoe tread pattern to that of the impression found at the clinic.

A search of Klundt’s residence turned up several boxes of medical supplies, along with medical documents, all of which were reported missing from the clinic.

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