Two face felony shoplifting charges in Casper case

Joshua Trennell and MaryAlice Liska (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — Two Casper residents were arrested and face recommended charges, including felony Shoplifting, following an investigation by the Casper Police Department.

According to affidavits filed in the case, 21-year-old MaryAlice Liska and 30-year-old Joshua Trennell were arrested and booked into the Natrona County Detention Center during the afternoon hours of August 4, 2019.

Both individuals face recommended charges of misdemeanor Shoplifting as well as a felony charge of Shoplifting.

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According to jail records, Trennell also faces a charge of Controlled Substance Possession.

Police say that they were contacted by the staff of a Casper Walmart, on the 4200 block of CY Avenue, in reference to a series of shoplifting cases that staff believed were connected, leading to an attempt that was stopped by Walmart staff.

Reports say that during the evening of July 26, 2019, a male and female exited the Walmart store with a cart of merchandise that had allegedly not been paid for.

The suspects were identified by staff as Liska and Trennell.

Store employees told police that they followed the pair past the checkout to the outside of the store, while the suspects pushed the cart of allegedly stolen merchandise.

Staff says that they confronted Trennell outside the store, who reportedly fled the scene. It was said that the suspect entered a green Ford Mustang with no license plates.

It was further reported that the cart of merchandise and the other suspect, identified as Liska, were left behind.

When store employees confronted Liska, she was said to have left the area on foot, denying that she had taken any of the unpaid for merchandise.

The total cost of the merchandise left in the cart was estimated to be $881.17.

The crime was reported to the police on July 27, where employees told police that the pair was also suspected in previous successful shoplifting incidents.

Dating back to March of 2019, Walmart employees provided investigators with surveillance video that alleged to show Trennell shoplifting on four different occasions. On two of the occasions, employees identified Liska as accompanying Trennell during the incidents.

The total amount taken during the four successful shoplifting attempts was estimated to be approximately $1,861.

Police note, in an affidavit filed in the case, that Trennell was named as a suspect involved in felony-level thefts and shoplifting in Teton County, Wyoming. Officers say that a search warrant in that case was served on Trennells home in early July, and Trennell was arrested as a result.

Police say that Trennell was out on bond, for those charges.

A search warrant, tied to the Casper shoplifting incident, was executed at Trennell’s home on the 1900 block of Glendo Street in Casper. During the search, officers say that they found several items in Trennell’s room and garage that matched items taken in the Walmart shoplifting incidents dating back to March.

Officers also report finding approximately 91.4 grams of suspected marijuana, in a Colorado dispensary container.

Following the search, both Trennell and Liska were arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center, without further reported incident.

The total cost of the merchandise left in the cart was estimated to be $881.17.

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.