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Natrona County Crime Clips (6/9/22–6/10/22)

CASPER, Wyo. — Provided below are some details on law enforcement activities this week based on appearances in circuit court and available documents.

Criminal Entry – Violation of a Protection Order, June 8

A 60-year-old Casper man pleaded not guilty in circuit court Thursday to a charge of criminal entry and a charge of violating a protection order. Both charges are misdemeanors (W.S. 6-3-30235-21-106) punishable by up to six months in prison and a fine of $750.

The defendant is accused of entering the East A Street apartment of a person who had a protection order against him, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, a neighbor reported seeing the man remove screws from a window and crawl into the apartment. The neighbor summoned police, and officers arrived and waited for the defendant to leave the apartment to make contact. An officer said he knew the defendant from prior contact, and the defendant matched the description of the man who crawled through the window.

Bond was set by Judge Michael Patchen at $2,500 cash or surety.

Bicycle Theft, June 8

A 38-year-old man is facing felony charges for the alleged theft of a bicycle valued at $1,100. The charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine (W.S. 6-3-402).

According to an affidavit of probable cause, an employee at a veterinary center on CY Avenue reported the theft of his black-and-white Scott bike from the business at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday. Security footage showed the vet officer handing the bike over to a man in a gray hoodie and jeans, the affidavit states.

Twenty minutes after that call, Casper police officers were dispatched to a neighborhood in central Casper after a resident reported suspicious activity. The resident said a man had parked a bicycle on the sidewalk and was hanging out around it, making strange noises.

Officers responded and saw the bike parked. They also saw the defendant walking toward the bike, but say he stopped when he saw law enforcement. After officers made a U-turn in the street, police say the defendant turned in the other direction and began walking down an alley. Police made contact with the defendant, saying he matched the description from the vet clinic’s security footage.

Felony pleas cannot be entered in circuit court. Judge Patchen set bond at $1,000 cash or surety.