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Police arrest suspect for felony Robbery, Burglary; urge public to lock their vehicles

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CASPER, Wyo. —  Casper Police have announced the arrest of a suspect in connection to multiple burglaries, vehicle thefts and robbery cases in Natrona County.

“Casper Police urge gun owners who keep their guns in their vehicles to check if they are still there,” a CPD release said Thursday. “If not, please report that to law enforcement immediately.”

On Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019, Casper Police say that they arrested a 25-year-old male suspect on four felony charges of Aggravated Burglary, three felony charges of Burglary, six misdemeanor charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and one felony charge of Unlawful use of a Credit Card.

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Casper PD officials say the suspect is likely connected to eighteen reported auto burglaries, six stolen vehicle reports, and one robbery over the course of two weeks in Natrona County.

Cash, credit cards, electronic valuables, and multiple firearms are among the items reportedly burglarized from vehicles. All stolen vehicles were recovered.

Multiple reported firearms were also recovered, along with several suspected stolen firearms.

“This is an excellent example of trained police detective work,” said Casper Police Investigations Sergeant Joey Wilhelm. “Officers worked together with other Natrona County law enforcement agencies to compare reports and share information to be able to quickly find and arrest the suspect – putting an end to this dangerous crime spree.”

The burglarized cars were said to be either unlocked or had valuables, including firearms, in plain view.

According to a Casper PD statement the suspect admitted to walking around neighborhoods and testing car handles. Those that were locked, he tended to move on from. Those that were not, he burglarized.

“In addition to locking your car, gun owners should have a complete inventory of the guns they own and are in possession of,” said Casper Police Detective Anthony Stedillie. “Keep track of the serial numbers too and keep that information somewhere safe and secure. If your gun is stolen, this information is crucial to law enforcement.”

This investigation is ongoing, and more information will be published as it is released.