Casper Police have arrested a suspect in connection to multiple burglaries, vehicle thefts and robbery cases in Natrona County.
On Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019, Casper Police arrested the 25-year-old male suspect on four felony charges of aggravated burglary, three felony charges of burglary, six misdemeanor charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and one felony charge of unlawful use of a credit card.
The suspect is likely connected to eighteen reported auto burglaries, six stolen vehicle reports, and one robbery over the course of two weeks in Natrona County.
Cash, credit cards, electronic valuables, and multiple firearms are among the items burglarized out of vehicles. All stolen vehicles were recovered. Multiple reported firearms were also recovered, along with several suspected stolen firearms.
“This is an excellent example of trained police detective work,” said Casper Police Investigations Sergeant Joey Wilhelm. “Officers worked together with other Natrona County law enforcement agencies to compare reports and share information to be able to quickly find and arrest the suspect – putting an end to this dangerous crime spree.”
These crimes were instances of opportunity for this suspect. The burglarized cars were either unlocked or had valuables, including firearms, in plain view. Protect yourself and your belongings by locking your cars. Bring your valuables and firearms inside your house. Do not allow yourself to become a victim of criminals looking for opportunities. Do not allow guns to get into the hands of criminals.
This suspect admitted to walking around neighborhoods and testing car handles. Those that were locked, he tended to move on from. Those that were not, he burglarized. This is an issue the Casper Police Department will continue to address and investigate; however, we cannot do it without the support of our community. Please, lock your cars and bring your belongings inside.
“In addition to locking your car, gun owners should have a complete inventory of the guns they own and are in possession of,” said Casper Police Detective Anthony Stedillie. “Keep track of the serial numbers too and keep that information somewhere safe and secure. If your gun is stolen, this information is crucial to law enforcement.”
This is an ongoing investigation. We will release more details as they become available.
The Casper Police Department is looking for information on this crime. If you have any information, please contact the Casper Police Department at (307) 235-8278 or you can make an anonymous tip through CrimeStoppers of Central Wyoming by calling (307) 577-8477 or online at crime-stoppers.com.
We would like to thank the Natrona County Sherriff’s Office and Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations for their assistance with this case.
The Casper Police Department is dedicated to the protection and safety of our community through the highest standards of professionalism in police services.