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Man faces charges after allegedly ramming car into building to commit burglary

Shane Williams (Courtesy of the Laramie County Sheriff's Office)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A 39-year old man was arrested by the Cheyenne Police Department after it is alleged that he stole $1200 in cash and coins from a business by ramming his vehicle into the building to gain entry.

Shane Williams made his initial appearance in Laramie County Court on August 14th, 2020 to hear the felony charges of Burglary, two counts of Property Destruction and Theft read to him, according to court papers.

An affidavit filed in the case says that an officer with the Cheyenne Police Department responded to a report of a burglary at a business on the 1600 block of Snyder Avenue on August 10th, 2020.

The officer spoke with the business owner who said that they had discovered that their building had been forcibly entered and subsequently robbed, according to court documents.

Police say that they were able to review video footage of a white Ford F 150 arrive at the business during the early morning hours of August 10th and reverse into the building – causing the extensive damage to the structure which granted entry.

“Once inside. the video showed two males enter the building and force entry into the coin distribution machines using electric cutting and handheld tools,” the officer reports in the affidavit.

Court papers report that the suspects removed approximately $1200 in cash and coins.

Damage to the building is estimated to be $5500 and damage to the coin dispensing machines is estimated to be 12k.

Law enforcement officials say that on August 13th they received an anonymous tip from an individual who alleged that one of the suspects was Shane Williams. The informant went on to say they believed Williams owned a white Ford F150 like the one seen in the video.

According to the affidavit, authorities later conducted an interview with Williams at the Cheyenne Police Department.

“Williams was advised of his rights as they pertain to Miranda and he stated that he was involved in the Burglary,” police report in the affidavit.

Investigators say that Williams also stated that he drove the vehicle that resulted in damage to the building.

If convicted on all four felony counts, Williams could face up to 40 years in prison and or a fine of up to 40k.

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.