CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A 25-year old Cheyenne man made his initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on June 29th, 2020, after it was alleged that he broke into a car dealership and stole a vehicle last December.
According to court documents, Devan Stanford was read charges of Burglary, two counts of Property Destruction, and two counts of Theft during the proceedings. All five charges are listed as felonies.
Officials with the Cheyenne Police Department, otherwise known as the CPD, say that one of their officers was dispatched to a car dealership located on the 1100 block of East Lincolnway on December 12th, 2019 to investigate a report of a stolen vehicle.
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Upon arrival, the officer says that the manager of the dealership stated that a 2016 Dodge Ram, worth approximately $50,220 was missing for their secured lot. Along with the vehicle, it was also reported that four truck keys worth around $1600 were also missing.
The manager told authorities that the door to the property was pried open and the handle was broken off, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
Law enforcement was shown video surveillance that allegedly revealed a male in his mid-20’s, who was later identified as Stanford, enter the property during the early morning hours. Stanford is then seen moving around the vehicles and checking door handles around the property.
Arrest information reports that the video surveillance showed Stanford moving to the south of the dealership where the Dodge Ram was taken.
“A few moments later I observed a Dodge Ram approach a metal gate. The Dodge Ram hits it several times until it breaks open,” the officer stated in the affidavit.
The damage to the gate is estimated to be approximately $2295.
Court documents go on to report later that same day, an officer with the Sidney Police Department in Nebraska made contact with Stanford at a local Wal-Mart in reference to a shoplifting incident.
Stanford told the Sidney Police that he was borrowing the truck from a friend. Soon after, authorities discovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen by the National Crime Institute Center, according to court paperwork.
Stanford was arrested by Sidney law enforcement for Shoplifting, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Stolen Property over $1000.
CPD obtained a mug shot of Stanford from the Sidney police and was able to compare it with the surveillance footage to reportedly identify him as the suspect who broke into the dealership.
The affidavit says when the Dodge Ram was returned to the dealership in Cheyenne it was estimated that the vehicle incurred approximately $1000.00 in damage.
“The damage appeared consistent with a head-on impact with the steel gate of the dealership,” the officer reported in the affidavit.
If convicted on all charges, Stanford could face up to 50 years in prison and/or a fine of up to 50k.
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.