Derrick Franklin Scott

Derrick Franklin Scott, 50, appears via video Monday in Gallatin County Justice Court.

An Idaho man and a Bozeman woman are accused of trying to steal cars from Bozeman dealerships with fraudulent cashiers’ checks.

Derrick Franklin Scott, 50, and Josaphine Anne Schultz, 31, are each charged with attempted felony theft. Bail was set at $50,000 for Scott, who was seen in Gallatin County Justice Court on Tuesday before Judge Bryan Adams. Bail was set at $15,000 for Schultz on Monday.

On Friday around 11 a.m., two Bozeman officers responded to a report of a suspicious woman test-driving a car at Bozeman Audi, according to charging documents. Jeff Kayser, dealership owner, was concerned Schultz was trying to steal the cars and knew she was affiliated with Scott, who is on probation for writing a fraudulent check to buy a car at the dealership last year.

Kayser told police that Schultz wanted to buy four cars, valued at $281,551, with personal checks “once her Lottery winnings were available.” Police said Schultz later alluded that she didn’t think there was a problem shopping for cars without having the money.

About an hour later, police received a report that Scott tried buying two cars, valued at $102,266, with a personal check the night before at Bozeman Ford. A salesman there told police the dealership’s policy was to request a cashier’s check, and that Scott would return around 1 p.m. to pick up the two cars.

Charging documents say Scott and Schultz didn’t have access to that much money.

While looking for Scott, police said Schultz went to Bozeman Ford to drive the cars Scott supposedly wanted to buy.

Police said she messaged Scott that the police were at the dealership and that his probation officers wanted to speak with him. Scott said he would go to the Law and Justice Center, but police said he didn’t.

Schultz was arrested and taken to the Gallatin County jail.

On Monday around 9 a.m., police found Scott at a home on Buffalo Orchard Trail, where he and Schultz were living. They arrested him and took him to the Gallatin County jail.

In court Tuesday, prosecutor Jaydan Johnson pointed to Scott’s criminal history. Johnson said Scott has been convicted of similar crimes including forgery, fraud and theft by deception dating back to 1992.

“As soon as he gets out — right back at it,” Johnson said.

Charging documents said police found guns and ammo inside Scott and Schultz’s bedroom. Johnson said a roommate told police that Schultz had made comments about going “cop hunting” with the guns.

Defense attorney Kathryn Durdy requested that Scott be released without bail. Durdy asked Judge Adams to disregard statements made about the guns when considering bail because “those were comments that were allegedly made by a co-defendant … not by Mr. Scott.”

“I understand Mr. Scott has a history of theft, but this … is a non-violent offense,” she said.

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.

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Freddy Monares covers politics and county government for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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