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Man faces felony charges in ‘car hopping’ investigation

Stirling Foster (courtesy of Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. —  Casper Police officials have identified a suspect in a case where they say that an unlocked vehicle was stolen.

Casper Police say that 21-year-old Stirling Foster of Casper was arrested on May 26th, 2020. He was recommended for one charge of felony Burglary, one charge of felony Conspiracy, and one charge of felony Larceny.

Casper Police say on Sunday, May 24, 2020, officers responded to a reported vehicle theft near the 3100 block of Middle Springs Road in Casper. Upon arrival, officers reported speaking with the victim who stated they believed their vehicle had been stolen sometime in the early morning hours of May 24, 2020.

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A written statement from the Casper PD, sent on Wednesday, says that officers surveyed the area for residential security cameras and found evidence of individuals on foot around 3:30 am that morning.

“A couple days later, a citizen at Alcova Reservoir, spotted what he believed to be the stolen vehicle associated with the residence at the 3100 block of Middle Springs Road. This citizen approached the occupant who then abandoned the vehicle, entered a separate vehicle and left with three other individuals, two of which were juveniles,” Casper Police officials say. “Law enforcement was able to quickly stop the vehicle on its way back to Casper. All occupants were then interviewed by the Casper Police Department.”

The suspected stolen vehicle was transported back to the Casper Police Department.

Ultimately, detectives say they were told by those in the vehicle that on the night of Saturday, May 23rd 2020, they went to a neighborhood to burglarize vehicles, also known as ‘car hopping’. Finding a vehicle unlocked with the keys inside, one of the persons involved chose to steal a vehicle located at a residence on the 3100 block of Middle Springs Road as well as the property inside the vehicle.

“The Casper Police Department would like to remind our community to lock their vehicle doors. Always remove valuables inside, especially firearms,” Police officials say. “There are criminals in our city looking to take advantage of our sense of security, please take measures to protect yourself and your belongings.”

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.