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Man faces Aggravated Burglary charge, after allegedly leaving gun behind and helping self to beer

William Thomas Cross

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A 37-year old Cheyenne man was arrested by the Cheyenne Police Department on recommended a charge of Aggravated Burglary.

Police say they arrested William Thomas Cross following an investigation into a burglary that allegedly occurred at a residence in late August of 2019.

Cross made his initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on February 28th, 2020 to hear the felony charge of Aggravated Burglary with a Deadly Weapon read to him by Judge Nau.

Police say that they responded to a report of a a burglary at a residence on the 7000 block of Hawthorne on the 26th of August, 2019. The owner of the residence told law enforcement that when he returned home he discovered that his refrigerator was open and an open beer from the refrigerator was sitting on their workbench.

Upon an inspection of the residence, police report that they discovered an egress window had been broken open.

Court documents say, on August 27th 2019, police officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Vandehei Avenue in Cheyenne. Upon arrival they discovered that the owner of the residence from the alleged burglary the day before, had chased down Cross, who he said had been found in his garage.

The owner told police that Cross had run away as soon as he had been discovered in the garage.

Law enforcement says that Cross admitted to entering the residence and drinking the beer from the refrigerator when they interviewed him on August 30th, 2019 in Laramie County Jail.

On December 17th, 2019, an affidavit filed in the case says that officers were dispatched to the same residence on the 7000 block of Hawthorne when the owner discovered a handgun that did not belong to him in his basement.

Law enforcement describes the handgun as a Sig Sauer P938 that had a custom grip with an image of the Virgin Mary on it. Investigators report that upon examining the booking photo of Cross, they discovered a large tattoo of the Virgin Mary on the right side of his neck.

Police say that when they traced the serial number on the gun that they discovered that it had been sold to a William Thomas Cross on March 14, 2018.

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 Laramie County District Attorney’s Office.