Man accused of breaking into home, stealing items, destroying belongings

Zachary Allen Hardman, (courtesy of the Casper Police Deptartment)

CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper man is facing recommended charges of Property Destruction and Burglary, after being arrested in connection with a break-in where belongings were destroyed and a note was pinned to the wall of a private home, with a knife.

Zachary Allen Hardman, age 24, was arrested during the early morning hours of September 4, 2019.

Officers with the Casper Police Department responded to a private home in Casper at 9:23 pm, for a report of property damage on Tuesday. The reporting party in the case said that a person they were acquainted with had seemingly broken into the home, messed up the house, and stuck a note to a wall in the home with a knife.

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The suspect was identified as Hardman.

The accuser in the case said that they had left their home at approximately 6:30 am that morning and had locked and secured the home.

Upon returning to the home, the resident said that they found about half of their clothing and some bedding cut up with a knife and pilled up in a corner.

Other damages to the home and personal items of the resident were also reported.

A handwritten letter, believed to be from Hardman to the accuser, criticizing both the victim and himself was found in the home. Other pieces of paper were found around the home, that criticized the victim with vulgarities.

Another note was reportedly stuck to the wall of one of the rooms with a knife.

Hardman was also accused of causing significant damage to the accuser’s vehicle on the day previous. Two days prior to that, it was believed that Hardman also damaged the windshield of a vehicle belonging to the victim.

The accuser said that items of food, garbage bags, and laundry soap were found to be missing from the residence on Tuesday. The accuser says that Hardman had also previously stolen a vacuum cleaner.

Hardman had reportedly been a resident of the home, but had not lived there for approximately three weeks.

Investigator estimate the damage to the alleged victim’s property at $1,840 and stolen property value estimated at $450.

Harman arrived at the residence a short time later and was contacted by police on scene. Hardman denied knowing anything about what had occurred at he home that day.

Hardman was subsequently arrested and 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.