CASPER, Wyo. — While Casper Police were responding to an unrelated call, court documents say that a suspect was arrested and accused of stealing a car.
Casper Police say that the 42-year-old female suspect was arrested during the early morning hours of Sept. 6, 2021. Court documents show that she made her Initial Appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court the following afternoon, where she was charged with felony Theft.
An affidavit filed by the Casper PD says that officers responded to an unrelated welfare check near the area of 15th and McKinley Streets at approximately 4:45 a.m., September 6. During the investigation of that welfare check, officers report making contact with the suspect, who was observed to be moving items from the backseat of a passenger vehicle into the trunk.
Officers indicate in the affidavit that they were acquainted with the suspect and knew her not to own a vehicle. Reportedly, the suspect told officers that she had borrowed the vehicle from the owner and that the owner had given her the option to buy the car. Police say that subsequent investigation showed the vehicle had been reported stolen the previous morning.
The affidavit goes on to say that the owner of the vehicle denied giving the suspect permission to enter or drive it.
Police also note that witnesses reported observing the suspect driving the stolen vehicle. It is reported that the suspect denied having done so.
Court documents identify the suspect as Alana Archuleta. During her September 7 Initial Appearance, Archuleta was given a cash or surety bond amount of $7,500. Jail records show that she was still in the custody of the Natrona County Detention Center as of Monday morning, September 27.
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.