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Man arrested after SRT summoned, accused of stealing thousands of dollars in carpet

Jeremy Dean Priebe (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County Special Response team was summoned when two people refused to exit their home Sunday, at the time officers served a search warrant. Two people were arrested in the incident, including a male who is accused of the theft of thousands of dollars worth of carpet.

Police say that they responded to an apartment building on Magnolia Street in Casper, to serve a search warrant on the residence. An affidavit filed in the case says that the warrant cited suspect Jeremy Priebe, age 43, for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Firearms.

It is further noted in the affidavit, that Priebe also had a confirmed warrant for Failure to Appear.

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The affidavit says that officers knocked on the front door of the residence, and could see an adult female moving around inside of the residence. The officers reportedly stood at the front door for several minutes.

“As the search warrant pertained to firearms, [officers] evacuated StoneRidge town house residence and requested the Natrona County Special Response Team (SRT) to respond to the location,” the Casper PD affidavit reads.

Upon arrival by the SRT, police say commands were given and two adults both exited the residence.

Police say that Priebe was taken into custody, as well as a suspect identified as 37-year-old Erin Kampa.

A subsequent search of the home reportedly yielded 1 Glock 43 9mm handgun, with the serial number scratched off, numerous rounds of ammunition, and various items of suspected methamphetamine paraphernalia.

Priebe was arrested on a recommended charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance- Methamphetamine. Kampa was arrested on charges including Possession of Methamphetamine and Failure to Comply.

During the search of the home, officers located multiple rolls of carpet in the garage, and recognized them from a reported business burglary from October, 2019.

Police say that employees of the Sutherland’s store on the 4000 block of CY avenue, reported several rolls of green indoor/outdoor carpet and two rolls of blue indoor/outdoor lawn carpet were taken from the premises during the night of October 12, or the early morning of October 13, 2019. The carpet was allegedly taken from a locked storage shed.

An initial report made at the time valued the carpet at over $4,500. A Casper Police affidavit for the case also says that following the initial report, more carpet was found to be missing.

Officers say that pickup truck, matching the description of Priebe’s vehicle, was captured on surveillance footage on the night of the alleged theft. Priebe is said to have denied taking part in the theft, and said that people often borrow his vehicle.

After the investigation Priebe was also booked on a recommended charge of felony Burglary.

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.