Gillette Man Accused of Stealing $14,000 from Found Jacket
Brice Davis, 35, is accused of stealing $14,000 from a jacket he allegedly found less than 500 feet from the Gillette Police Department.
The jacket was dropped last November by a man visiting his children at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.
Part of the $14,000 had been paid to the man in a recent calf sale, the other part when the man cashed out a portion of his retirement.
The money was divided into two bank envelopes: one containing $10,000 in cash and the other containing $4,000 in cash. The money had been in the jacket pocket because the man was afraid his ex-wife would attempt to steal it, according to the affidavit.
As he was leaving CASA, the man set the jacket down so he could put pizza boxes and other snacks into his truck.
Approximately 30 -minutes later, the man noticed that the jacket was missing, and he retraced his steps, though there was no sign of it.
Staff at CASA reviewed surveillance footage and contacted the GPD.
The footage showed a Dodge pickup in the parking lot which, according to statements from CASA staff, belonged to Davis.
Another surveillance tape captured Davis allegedly stopping and exiting his truck. Approximately 16 seconds later he is shown re-entering his truck and driving away.
Investigators contacted Davis the following morning, but he denied any knowledge of the money.
Instead, Davis reportedly claimed to have picked up the coat and tossed it in the bed of his truck. He also said that the jacket had blown away while he was driving near Butler Spaeth Road and Highway 14/16.
Davis was unable to explain why it had taken 16 seconds, a time determined by investigators to be abnormally long, to put the coat in his truck.
Court documents state that investigators found Davis’s claims to be suspicious; the weight of the money would have prevented the coat from blowing away and he had plenty of time to notice the envelopes when he picked up the jacket.
Investigators also noted in their report that CASA is less than 500 -feet from the GPD, and Davis could have easily turned the money and jacket in as found property.
Over the next several weeks, officers attempted several times to set up times to meet with Davis to interview him further, but Davis reportedly informed them, time and time again, that he did not have time.
A felony theft warrant was issued for his arrest on Dec. 14, and Davis was taken into custody on Jan. 7.
If convicted, Davis could face up to ten years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.