CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper man said that he turned himself in, while making his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on Friday. The man faces a recommended felony charge of Wrongful Taking or Disposing of Property.
According to court paperwork, Brent Roy Broderick made his initial appearance before Judge Michael Patchen, during the afternoon of May 10, 2019.
Broderick was recently featured as a wanted person by the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office. During the proceedings, Broderick told judge Patchen that he had turned himself in.
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The investigation that resulted in Broderick’s arrest began in June of 2018. Casper Police Officers say that they and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation served a search warrant at a home on North Elk Street.
During the execution of the search warrant, officers say that they observed a black Yamaha motorcycle on the property. The motorcycle was not, at the time, reported stolen and was left on the property by police, following the warrant execution. Officers describe the motorcycle as having a “punched” ignition.
Sergeant Joey Wilhelm with the Casper Police Department says that there’s no one way to “punch” an ignition, but confirms that the term is used to define an ignition that has been manipulated to start without using the designed key.
A police affidavit filed in the case says that the motorcycle had visible damage, including “badging having been scraped and sanded off, presumably to obscure make and model.”
The following day, police received a report from the motorcycle’s registered owner, that the motorcycle had been stolen from his residence. He further told officers that he had not given anyone permission to take or use the motorcycle.
Police returned the North Elk address with an additional warrant for the recovery of the now-reported-stolen motorcycle. Upon arrival police learned that the motorcycle had been removed from the property.
Through the course of investigation, officers interviewed a person who said that he motorcycle had been sold, and transported from the property by a man eventually identified as Broderick.
Reports say that Broderick was contacted by police, who said that he had removed the bike from the North Elk Street property, but had subsequently sold it to another individual that he could not contact or describe.
Officers say that Broderick then offered to lead the police to where the motorcycle had been taken. The suspect described an area on Locust street. As investigators were lead to the area by the suspect, it is alleged that Broderick diverted off and disappeared from police view, taking a circuitous route through a nearby neighborhood.
After this, police were contacted by Broderick, and were told that the motorcycle could be found in the area of Coulter and Custer Streets, which police say was the neighborhood where Broderick had diverted.
The motorcycle was found in the described area, in plain view, parked on the street.
The owner of the home, in front of where the motorcycle was parked, denied any ownership or knowledge of the bike. Officers also report that a canvass of neighbors showed that the bike had only been placed on the street within 45 minutes of police arrival.
The affidavit concludes with officers reporting “[Detectives believe] probable cause exists to show that Brent Broderick wrongfully took and concealed property worth over $1,000.
The 57-year-old Broderick was handed down a bond amount of $3,000 cash or surety, when he made his initial appearance on Friday.
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.