CASPER, Wyo. — Casper Police officers have arrested a Bar Nunn man they allege to have committed multiple crimes.
The case relates to a series of burglaries and vehicle thefts the Casper Police Department has recently been investigating.
Jason M. Jennings, 25, was booked into the Natrona County Detention Center on Wednesday, Oct. 23 on the following recommended charges:
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- 4 counts of aggravated burglary
- 3 counts of burglary
- 6 counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
- Felony: unauthorized use of a credit card
Casper Police Detective Anthony Stedillie was assigned to investigate the recent reports of vehicle thefts and burglaries on Wednesday.
Those reports include the following, according to a police affidavit:
- Oct. 10: An adult reported their wallet stolen and their credit cards used to make over $1,000 in purchases.
- Oct. 16: Dodge pick-up truck owner reported an Anderson AR-15 rifle with Vortex scope stolen. An actuator motor was also reported stolen.
- Oct. 16: GMC Yukon owner reports vehicle taken without permission. Later recovered in Bar Nunn with these items missing:
- Leather briefcase with iPad, leather portfolio, tax documents
- Oct. 17: A DISH Network van driver reported these items burglarized from the vehicle:
- Google Home Hub, Google Outdoor Camera, Google Indoor camera, Polk Audio Sound bar, Velep router
- Oct. 17: A Jeep owner reported a Ruger .22 caliber pistol, credit cards and a purse containing $275 stolen. One credit card was later reportedly used in an $800 purchase at the east side Walmart
- Oct. 18: Hyundai owner reports vehicle taken without permission while it was left running outside of a convenience store. Later recovered in Evansville.
- Oct. 19: Dodge Durango owner reports vehicle taken without permission. Recovered by Casper police on Oct. 23.
- Oct. 19: GMC Pickup reported taken without owner’s permission. Recovered same day by Casper police.
- Oct. 19: Ford truck owner reports driver’s license, vehicle registration and insurance stolen
- Oct. 19: Another vehicle owner reports vehicle documents stolen
- Oct. 20: Adult reports being robbed while in vehicle while parked outside of their workplace: Pizza Hut. Reported someone opening their door, demanding wallet. The adult did not immediately comply and was punched in the nose. The wallet was then stolen and the suspect fled.
- Oct. 23: Volkswagen owner reports vehicle burglarized with pistol, wallet and credit cards and driver’s license stolen.
- Oct. 23: Dodge pickup owner reports vehicle taken without permission. Later recovered by police in Casper.
- Oct. 23: Adult reports work truck taken from their driveway without permission. Later recovered in Bar Nunn with spotting scope and a laptop computer stolen.
Police obtained video footage from the 1400 block of Hazelwood in Casper on Oct. 19. The affidavit says that footage showed an individual they identified as Jennings attempting to enter a parked vehicle.
Investigators made contact with Jennings on Oct. 16 while responding to scenes where he had previously been contacted. The affidavit states he had a GMC key fob and an AR-15 magazine on his person.
On Oct. 23, officers to a scene and found items that corresponded to the reported Hyundai burglary on Hurnchurch in Casper. A neighbor approached the officers and gave them items reported stolen from the Hyundai, saying they had been left in their driveway.
Also on Oct. 23, officers located Jennings in a parked vehicle on the 100 block of West J Street in Casper, according to the affidavit.
They reportedly located items on the ground next to the vehicle “indicative of auto burglary.” Those included registrations, insurance and other items.
Officers contacted the spouse of an individual listed on one of the vehicle registrations. This person said they did not know Jennings and said that National Park materials were missing from their vehicle.
Materials matching this description were found in the pile of items next to Jennings, the affidavit says. A Dodge pickup truck reported stolen was also nearby.
Officers took Jennings to the Casper Police Department to be interviewed.
Detective Stedillie informed Jennings of his rights and Jennings said he understood, the affidavit says.
During the interview, Jennings reportedly said he was a methamphetamine and gambling addict.
“He has been on a burglary spree for the past several months and wants to stop but can’t,” the affidavit says.
The affidavit says he admitted to taking the Hyundai where he drove it to Evansville and told Stedillie he broke into a storage unit and stole rifles.
He also reportedly told Stedillie he took a Yukon which he left in Bar Nunn. In the interview he apparently says he took a white Dodge and took it to his mother’s house.
There, he says he located the work truck nearby and told Stedillie he drove it a few blocks away in order to burglarize items from it.
“Jennings took a backpack and a laptop from the truck,” the affidavit says, adding that he said he left the laptop at his mother’s house.
The affidavit says that Jennings told Stedillie he was “‘car hopping,’ most of the past several nights.”
When shown video footage of one incident, he identified the suspect in the footage as himself.
The affidavit goes on to claim that Jennings admitted to several other vehicle thefts as well as taking a 9 mm pistol which he traded to another individual.
Police allege he admitted to purchasing “multiple mobile phones” with credit cards at Walmart and that he admitted to the assault involving the Pizza Hut driver.
Officers obtained a search warrant for Jennings’ vehicle and located a black face mask and multiple key fobs. They also located stolen items in his mother’s house after obtaining her consent to search.
The affidavit says that Jennings was transported to the Natrona County Detention Center without further incident.
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.