CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A 28-year old man was arrested by police after it was alleged that he stole a debit card out of a vehicle that he later used to make numerous unauthorized purchases with.
Court papers say that Robert McMIckell made his initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 to hear the recommended felony charges of Burglary and Theft read to him.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, officers with the Cheyenne Police Department responded to a report of a vehicle burglary on June 18th, 2020.
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Authorities say they spoke to the alleged victim who advised that sometime between June 16th and June 17th someone had taken their debit card from their parked vehicle.
The alleged victim provided investigators with a list of fraudulent purchases that they claim were made without their consent, according to court papers.
Police officials then contacted one of the locations where some of the alleged fraudulent transactions were made and obtained a still shot picture of the suspect, who was later identified to be McMickell.
Law enforcement says that they posted the image of the suspect on the Cheyenne Police Department Facebook page.
“From the Facebook post, Robert McMickell was identified as the male in the surveillance video,” police stated in the sworn affidavit. “A witness to one his purchases had come forward and provided corroborated information about McMickell.”
Court papers report that police then checked the video surveillance footage at another location where unauthorized transactions were alleged to have taken place were able to visually identify McMickell using the stolen debit card.
Police allege they visually verified that McMickell use the debit card 8 times on June 17th at two different locations for a grand total of $1,111.83.
According to Wyoming statutes, if convicted McMickell could gave up to 20 years in prison and our a fine of up to 20k.
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 Laramie County District Attorney’s Office.