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Former maintenance worker accused of felony burglary

Ronald Scott Burke courtesy of the Casper Police Department

CASPER, Wyo. —  A Casper man, who was identified as a maintenance worker for an apartment building, is facing a felony charge and is accused of stealing hundreds of dollars in change from a tenant.

Ronald Scott Burke, age 60, made his initial appearance via video conference, in Natrona County Circuit Court on October 26, 2020. He was charged with a count of Burglary.

A Casper Police Department affidavit filed in the case says that officers began the investigation on July 1 of 2020. At the time a tenant of an apartment building was reporting that a large jar of loose change had disappeared from their apartment. The reporting party told police that they suspected a maintenance worker, identified as Burke, had taken the jar.

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The reporting party said that they had misplaced the key to their apartment and made arrangements for a maintenance worker to unlock the apartment while the tenant was not around. Upon returning to the apartment, the tenant reported that the large change jar was missing.

Police report that witnesses and employees of a Casper grocery store said that Burke had been seen using a CoinStar machine, to cash a large amount of change from a jar.

The affidavit says that they obtained security footage of a man matching Burke’s description, using the CoinStar machine. It’s also reported that records in the machine noted that Burke had deposited $290 in change.

The owner of the apartment building is also cited in the affidavit as saying that Burke had specific instructions to not enter the apartment in question, and further clarified that he was not allowed to remove items from the home. The owner also told police that Burk was no longer under their employ.

During Burke’s initial appearance, Judge H. Steven Brown set Burke’s bond in the case at $7,500, following the recommendation from Assistant District Attorney Trevor Schenck. Schenck citing that Burke is currently on bond for an unrelated DWUI case.

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.

Burglary is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not less than ten years, a fine of not more than $10,000, or both; according to Wyoming Statute.