CASPER, Wyo. — A man and woman were arrested in Casper on charges of grand larceny after they were alleged to have stolen $1,637 in items from Sportsman’s Warehouse.
Law enforcement paperwork says that Joshua Stark and Shelli Stark were arrested and booked into jail on July 5 after officers located them at a Walmart parking lot along with their infant child on Friday.
Officers responded to a call from a Sportsman’s Warehouse manager at about 8:45 pm.
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Joshua Stark was also charged with interference with a peace officer after it was alleged that during the investigation, he refused an officer’s order to shut off the ignition of a maroon Chevy Impala he was sitting in. Police paperwork alleges that he was ordered to turn off the vehicle, but instead began to roll up the window.
An officer was said to have reached into the vehicle to attempt to prevent Joshua Stark from rolling it up. As the officer again told him to turn off the ignition, Joshua Stark is alleged to have begun to drive forward in an attempt to flee.
The officer then ripped the window out, shattering it, which resulted in cuts to the officer’s forearm. Despite this, the report says that the officer was able to lunge into the vehicle and put it into park.
Officers then opened the driver’s side door and put Joshua Stark in handcuffs, at which point he was said to have apologized, saying that he had panicked.
The officer with cuts to his forearm was later transported to the Wyoming Medical Center to receive stitches.
In addition to the grand larceny charges, Shelli Stark was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.
When a Department of Family Services agent arrived to take the Stark’s child into protective custody, Shelli Stark was alleged to have informed the agent that she regularly uses methamphetamine.
An officer searching her purse when she was placed under arrest was said to have discovered a pipe used for methamphetamine, which the police report says that Shelli Stark confirmed.
Field tests positively indicated that the pipe contained methamphetamine.
The Starks were alleged to have stolen multiple items from Sportsman’s Warehouse, including YETI coolers, sleeping bags, hammocks, tents, lanterns, a stuffed animal, a wagon, a solar panel and camping chairs.
When officers made contact with the couple at the Walmart parking lot, the police report says the Starks initially denied having been at Sportsman’s Warehouse.
But when officers told them that there was video surveillance at Sportsman’s Warehouse, the reports says the two admitted they had stolen the items with the intention of going on a camping trip to Colorado.
The report says that the Starks told officers the items were in the trunk of their vehicle, which officers confirmed.
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.