Details released in Aggravated Burglary arrest

(Charles Martin Courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

Further details have been released regarding an arrest that was made on February 1st. Reports say the suspect was believed to have stolen several items including firearms.

An affidavit filed in Natrona County Circuit Court confirms that Charles Martin was arrested earlier this month, and faces charges of Aggravated Burglary, Wrongful Taking or Disposing of Property, Property Destruction, and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Martin had been previously sought by police on multiple warrants, and was highlighted as a wanted person to local media, in early January.

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Martin was ultimately arrested by officers of the Evansville Police Department, however Casper Police and Natrona County Sheriff’s Deputies are cited in the affidavit as assisting with the investigation and arrest.

According to the affidavit, Evansville Police officers were dispatched to a Recreational Vehicle dealership on East Yellowstone Highway, Jan. 9th. It had been reported that a hole had been cut in the perimeter fence of the dealership and that several generators were missing.

The generators had gone missing sometime between December 20th, and January 9th. Employees of the dealership said that because of the holidays, the theft had not been noticed until early January.

A few days following, the dealership again called Evansville Police and reported that during the same period, a private vehicle had been entered and multiple firearms, magazines, and ammunition had been stolen. The Evansville Police say that the missing firearms included “1 Kel-Tec KSG 12 gauge shotgun[…], 1 Ruger AR-15 […] with 8-9 loaded magazines, 1 Glock 9mm pistol […] with 7-8 loaded magazines, 1 .22 caliber 5 shot miniature revolver…”

Evansville PD also say that a Duralast 180 piece tool and socket set was also taken.

Court papers say that personnel from the dealership indicated that they suspected that the thief had been employed by them. The employers said that Martin had worked at the dealership for approximately one-and-a-half years, and had access to the burglarized vehicle and knew where the missing generators had been kept.

On January 15th, it is reported that Casper Police detectives contacted Evansville PD reporting that an AR-15 and a 12-gauge shotgun had recently been pawned at a 2nd Street shop in Casper, the serial numbers matching those from the Evansville theft.

Following an investigation, it was found that a known associate of Martin’s had pawned the firearms. It was also discovered that another individual had recently pawned several generators.

After officers seized the firearms into evidence, the pawn slips showed that the shop had been defrauded of approximately $475.

The known associate was contact by law enforcement and denied knowing that the firearms had been stolen, and said that they had pawned the items for Martin.

During the course of investigation, police learned that Martin had recently spent time living in a camp trailer. The trailer was found in a parking lot near the 2400 block of Grandview Place, in Casper, and was also found to be missing from the Recreation Vehicle dealership where Martin had worked.

Employees confirmed that Martin had access to the trailers, as well as keys that would for the trailer.

The affidavit identified the trailer as a rental from the dealership. A search of the trailer found it to be in disarray, and was described to have spoiled food inside, dating back as far as November of 2018.

Police also report finding several loaded rounds of ammunition in the trailer.

Police arrested Martin on February 1st, after a joint observation by Casper Police and Natrona County Sheriff’s Office located Martin  near his residence. In addition, another suspect was arrested following Martin’s arrest, on unrelated drug charges.

A reported search of Martin’s vehicle yielded a  loaded Glock 19 9mm pistol magazine and a Duralast tool kit.

During Martin’s arrest, Evansville PD reported finding a suspected methamphetamine pipe.

Martin was transported to the Natrona County Detention Center without further reported incident.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.