GILLETTE, Wyo.— A semi-truck driver was arrested for felony burglary after he allegedly broke into a local vape shop on Camel Drive and stole several items last night, Gillette Deputy Police Chief Brent Wasson said Monday.
The driver has been identified as 47-year-old Jerry Peterson who was contacted in the Camel Plaza parking lot after officers responded to a commercial alarm at Mystix Vapes around 9:30 p.m., April 24, Wasson said.
Officers arrived to find the front door to the business broken out and, while investigating, were contacted by Peterson who allegedly admitted to breaking the door but claimed it had been an accident, per Wasson.
Peterson claimed he had been checking the tires to his semi in the parking lot with a hammer when he lost control of it and broke out the door, Wasson said, adding that Peterson denied entering the store.
Officers did not locate the hammer in the store, however, and obtained a search warrant for Peterson’s semi. Inside the vehicle, they allegedly located the hammer, per Wasson.
The store owner responded to the scene shortly after and confirmed that several items, that were later recovered from a nearby trash can, appeared to be missing, according to Wasson.
Peterson was arrested for felony burglary and was charged with destroying property. The combined value of the stolen items and the door damage was estimated to be around $5,000, Wasson said.