Two Gillette teens have been charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary in a string of recent thefts from vehicles throughout Gillette.
The teens were allegedly identified in video captured by a doorbell camera at a residence in the Sunburst Park area. The footage showed what appeared to be two young men rooting through vehicles along Tepee Street and Arapaho Avenue around 2 a.m. last Friday.
Upon reviewing the video, Gillette Police Department (GPD) officers could see that the two males were checking the door handles of random parked vehicles, according to a Circuit Court of the Sixth Judicial District Affidavit of Probable Cause.
GPD Officer Jeff Sanders stated in the affidavit that he specifically noted one of the males was wearing blues gloves in the footage. The officers believed that the suspects were being conscientious of leaving behind fingerprints, though the suspects later said that the gloves were for protection from the coronavirus.
Upon searching the playground, Corporal Eric Vos said he discovered two backpacks and two pistols, one a loaded Springfield XDS 9mm and the other a loaded Glock 43 9mm. It is unknown who the pistols actually belong to, but officers believe that they were taken from vehicles parked in the area and are working to locate the owners.
During an interview, one of the suspects reportedly admitted that the two would regularly get together and go “car hopping,” according to court documents.
He also stated that he and his friend had gone though about 30 different vehicles that night.
The other suspect has denied all knowledge of the events that transpired that evening, and the investigation remains ongoing.