Suspect in July burglary arrested after chase through mall

Weston Harris (courtesy of the CPD)

CASPER, Wyo. —  A Casper man is accused of breaking into an apartment and stealing clothing, after officers responded to a disturbance call in the neighborhood in July. The suspect was reportedly arrested after a foot chase with police, through a mall, over the weekend.

According to the Casper Police Department, 20-year-old Weston Harris was arrested on the afternoon of August 10, on multiple recommended charges

Weston is believed to have hidden from officers in a crawl space following an incident on July 24, 2019. Harris is accused of entering the home without permission, stealing clothing from the occupant of the home, and was later arrested several days later after being observed at the Eastridge Mall.

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Harris was also reportedly wanted on an active warrant for a Probation and Parole revocation. Harris was recommended for charges of Interference and Trespassing following his August arrest, as well as Burglary and Property Damage in the July 24 incident.

Officers from the Casper Police Department filed an affidavit saying that they responded to the 600 block of South Walsh Drive for a reported fight, on July 24, at approximately 2:35 pm.

Upon arrival, police say that the participants in the fight had left the area. However witnesses identified one of the participants as Harris.

Police say that they received information that Harris had not left the area, but instead had run into a nearby apartment. Investigators report that they new Harris to have a warrant for his arrest.

Police were approaching the indicated apartment, when the occupant also arrived. Officers say that the occupant gave them permission to clear the apartment of any unwanted persons.

Officers say that a crawl space access was located in the bedroom of the home, and showed signs of recently being entered. Officers say the floor of the crawlspace was muddy and footprints were observed near the entrance.

Investigators also reported finding muddy clothing in another bedroom of the home. The clothing reportedly contained an ID card for Harris.

Police confirmed that Harris did not have permission from the occupant to be in the home, and the occupant believed their door to have been forced open. The affidavit notes that the doorknob had penetrated the sheetrock of an adjacent wall.

“It appeared reasonable that Weston Harris had changed out his muddy clothes and removed the clothes hanging in the closet, leaving with the clothing,” officers wrote in the affidavit.

The Casper Police Department says that they weren’t able to contact Harris until receiving a report that he had been spotted at Eastridge Mall.

It is said that several officers canvased the mall, locating Harris inside of the Target store. While inside the retailer, it was said that Harris seemed to notice officers and attempted to duck behind clothing and avoid police.

It was then said that Harris ran out of the fire door on the East side of Target, through the parking lot, and up an adjacent hill where Harris was said to have jumped a fence and headed toward the Triangle Plaza.

The area of Landmark Drive was searched by officers, and employees of business in the area told officers that Harris had run towards Lifetime Health and Fitness.

Officers observed the suspect and again gave chase, in a patrol vehicle.

Harris was apprehended outside the entrance of the health and fitness center, was cuffed and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center.

After investigation, it had been learned that Harris had been trespassed from Target for life, in the fall of 2017.

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.