CASPER, Wyo. — A man who was arrested and booked on charges of drug possession, just hours after his release from the NCDC on other drug charges, is now facing accusations relating to a reported gun theft.
According to a Casper Police Department affidavit, 20-year-old Seeley Lake, Montana resident Austin T Taylor faces a recommended misdemeanor charge of Wrongful Taking or Disposing of Property, after being found in possession of an allegedly stolen firearm.
The affidavit says that Casper PD officers responded to an auto burglary on October 28, 2019.
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The owner of the vehicle said that a Springfield XDS 9mm pistol was stolen out of a pickup truck, which had been parked at the owner’s residence.
The owner said that the firearm was kept in a black holster between the driver seat and center console. They further reported to police that the last time they had actually seen and handled the firearm was in mid-September, 2019. The reporting party did not know when the firearm had been taken, and reported that they usually kept their pickup locked.
The gun was described as having a regular magazine inserted, which was full, but there was no round in the chamber.
After collecting information about the firearm, police noted that a pistol matching that information had been found in the waistband of Austin Taylor at the time of his arrest earlier in the month.
Police say that further investigation indicated that the firearm had been stolen by a known juvenile, and that the juvenile is alleged to have given the gun to Taylor.
Taylor had also been recommended for unrelated charges after being arrested on October 1, 2019. In that case, Taylor was booked for Methamphetamine Possession, Delivery or Sale of a Controlled Substance, and Marijuana Possession.
Following his release from jail in that incident, Taylor was again arrested during the early morning hours on October 4, 2019. In that arrest he faces multiple misdemeanor counts of Controlled Substance Possession, a misdemeanor count of Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and a felony count of Possession with Intent to Deliver.
The new charge against Taylor have been recommended, and Taylor is scheduled to make an initial appearance for that charge soon.
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.