By Joshua Scheer, reporter, county10.com
(Lander, Wyo.) – A local 24-year-old woman has been charged with burglarizing four Lander homes and taking prescription medications.
Charges against Heather Gould have been filed in Lander’s Ninth District Circuit Court. She faces four felony burglary charges, each carrying with it punishments of up to 10 years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines. Gould’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 23. She has had her initial appearance and been released on a $500 cash bond.
The addresses listed as having been broken into are on Cascade Street, Cross Street, Dabich Avenue and Dillon Drive.
The affidavit in the case was written by Lander Police Det. Sgt. Fred Cox and details a burglary that allegedly occurred on Oct. 10, 2012.
On that date, a person on Cascade called homeowner Tim Nichols to let him know that a woman walked into his house, states the affidavit.
“Tim Nichols drove to his residence at … Cascade and observed what looked to be a dirty PT or HRR Cruiser … parked in front of his house and still running,” states the affidavit.
The court document states that upon entering his home, Nichols did not hearing anything. “Tim Nichols walked upstairs towards the master bedroom, when all of the sudden a younger female exited the room and stated, ‘It’s not what it looks like,’” states the affidavit. “Tim Nichols said the female stated she was looking for her daughter’s dog and was walking by and heard a bark that sounded familiar and so she entered Tim Nichol’s residence.”
According to the affidavit, Nichols found nothing missing after the female left the home, including money that was left in the bedroom. Later, another occupant of the home discovered her Hydrocodone prescription was missing. There were allegedly about 30 pills in the bottle.
Three days later, Nichol’s allegedly identified the woman who entered his home as Gould.
Five days after the burglary, Cox interviewed Gould, who allegedly told him she had six surgeries and not all her problems were fixed. “Heather stated she has no insurance and has been in a lot of pain,” the affidavit states. She reportedly admitted to looking for pain medication inside the home.
Another burglary was reported on or about Nov. 10 on Cross Street.
“The suspect gained entry through the back door and once inside removed several bottles of pain medication from the residence,” states the affidavit. “There were other items of value in the home, however the only items missing were two bottles of Hydrocodone and one bottle of Tramadol.”
According to the court document, a third burglary occurred on Dillon Drive. It was discovered when one of the residents noticed misplaced medication in the kitchen and in a bathroom. “It appeared that no medication had been taken,” states the affidavit. Another occupant noticed that a large Crown Royal bag of change was allegedly missing. One of the occupants estimated there to be $200 to $300 in the bag, states the affidavit, though other change containers were left behind.
Gould was interviewed again on Nov. 26 by Cox, states the affidavit. Gould allegedly admitted to taking medication from the Cross Street address. She also allegedly admitted to entering the Dillon Drive address but denied taking any medication or a bag of change. Gould reportedly told Cox that she also entered a residence on Dabich Avenue the week before and took some hydrocodone.
“Heather Gould state to Detective Sergeant Fred Cox that she knows she has a problem and doesn’t want to be like this,” states the affidavit.