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Suspect in Evansville stop charged with multiple felonies

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CASPER, Wyo. — An Evansville man is facing multiple felonies after making an Initial Appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court. The man’s arrest was announced by the Evansville Police Department earlier this week.

During a hearing on Sept. 2, 2021, the suspect was charged with Theft, Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of Methamphetamine in a Felony Weight, and Possession of Anabolic Steroids in a Felony Weight. All of the charges represent felonies.

An affidavit filed by the Evansville Police Department in Circuit Court says that officers were on patrol at approximately 2:00 a.m. Sept. 1, 2021 when they observed a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle involved in an ongoing theft investigation.

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“The suspects [had] a registration issue on the vehicle. During the stop, multiple bags/boxes containing tools matching stolen items were located, along with controlled substances,” the Evansville Police said in a written statement on social media this week.

The affidavit states that the stop on the vehicle was conducted at a business parking lot on Lathrop Road. At the time of contacting the suspect, officers say that a syringe cap and spoon were observed in the vehicle and identified as possible drug paraphernalia.

Despite a law enforcement K-9 doing a free-air sniff around the vehicle and not indicating the presence of controlled substances, the syringe cap and spoon were reportedly field tested and showed presumptive positive for methamphetamine. The suspect was then taken into custody and a search was conducted on the vehicle.

“During the stop, multiple bags/boxes containing tools matching stolen items were located along with controlled substances,” Evansville PD said in their social media statement Tuesday. “Due to the nature of things discovered, a search warrant was granted for a residence in Evansville to look for more stolen items and controlled substances.”

Police say that the search of the vehicle and the private home yielded a syringe containing approximately 3.3 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a bottle containing 24 grams of suspected methamphetamine, and bottles of suspected anabolic steroids.

Law enforcement also identified items including televisions, power tools, law enforcement–style radios, jewelry, and an air compressor that were related to multiple thefts.

“More stolen items were located along with controlled substances,” police say. “Many thousands of dollars of people’s things were recovered for cases in three jurisdictions.”

It is reported that the recovered items have been linked to at least five cases at this time, including an incident where items were taken from a trailer that was at a Natrona County hotel.

During his Sept. 2, 2021 hearing, the suspect, identified in documents as 33-year-old Richard J. McCloskey, received a bond amount of $6,500 cash or surety. Jail records indicate that McCloskey was no longer in the custody of the Natrona County Detention Center as of the morning of Friday, September 3.

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. 

McCloskey is expected to be scheduled for a preliminary hearing, where it will be determined if his charges will be bound over to Natrona County District Court for further prosecution.