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Man pleads guilty to month-long burglary spree that ended at Casper’s Good Cooking

Levi Kellick enters plea in District Court (Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — One co-defendant has pleaded guilty to conspiracy in a string of burglaries last fall that ended in what prosecutors called the “wanton destruction” of the shuttered Casper’s Good Cooking restaurant.

Levi Kellick, pleaded guilty to the felony property destruction and conspiracy to commit burglary in Natrona County District Court on Friday.

The conspiracy charge “represents all activities culminating up to Casper’s, with restitution for all parties,” Assistant DA Blaine Nelson told Oil City in a statement.

Around 1:30 a.m on Oct. 25, 2022, a citizen called police to report an active burglary at the 24-hour diner, which had been closed since March of 2020. 

When police arrived, Levi Kellick, John Craddock, and Jesse Morgan — all aged 18 — were arrested on scene without further incident.

Police initially estimated about $5,000 in damages from smashed windows and dishes.

Police said Kellick told them he and Craddock were recently roommates and had a lot of teenage-related anger to blow off, the affidavit said. Kellick also told police he and Craddock forced Morgan to come along.

Kellick and Craddock were also suspects five other burglaries, and were charged accordingly.

Both a convenience store and a vape shop were targeted twice on separate occasions within two weeks, the documents state. They were also charged with the theft of a television set from a trailer containing Target store merchandise the day before the Casper’s burglary.

On Sept. 27, officers responded to security alarm at the Black Market Vape and Smoke on CY Avenue, the report said.

It appeared the front door and window had been smashed by a vehicle, and inventory was stolen. Officers followed a trail of broken glass to the parking lot of the nearby Walmart, where a white truck was found with a large amount of broken glass in the tailgate, the report said.

On Oct. 1. the Good2Go convenience store on 1968 East Yellowstone reported a burglary.  Officers observed a smashed window, and on security footage they saw a male filling a duffel bag with Vuse and Juul vape products.

Both Good2Go and Black Market were hit again on Oct. 10. 

Officers responded to an alarm at the Good2Go shortly before 1:00 a.m. The plywood covering the smashed window from the previous burglary had been unscrewed and set aside, according to the report. This time, the store said the burglar focused on Vuse brand menthol pods and devices.

In both incidents, officers observed a waffle-patterned shoe print commonly associated with Vans shoes. Police said those were eventually traced to Craddock.

Later that morning, the owner of vape shop alerted police that the store had been burglarized again.

Black Market Vape and Smoke estimated the value of inventory lost in both burglaries to be $5,858. Good2Go lost about $700 in merchandise.

Craddock and Kellick were identified as suspects after they were pulled over for speeding on October 6, days before the second round of store burglaries.

After observing vape devices in the vehicle, the officers searched and found 95 various vape devices in a plastic tote in the trunk, according to the police report.

Craddock is scheduled to change his plea next on the charges next month.  Morgan is also scheduled for a change of plea. He has only been charged in the Casper’s incident. 

Kellick agreed Friday to a “joint and several” restitution arrangement with the other co-defendants, meaning that, regardless of who pays what, Kellick may be responsible for the full amount.

Kellick entered a cold plea Friday; prosecutors have not indicated what sentence they will argue for, except that the counts would run concurrent. The charges carry a penalty of up to 10 years.