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(Powell, Wyo.) – Two men were recently arrested and charged with larceny in connection with the theft of power tools in separate, unrelated incidents in rural Park County.
On Monday, February 3, 2014, at 09:30 a.m., deputies responded to Wyoming Completion, 1110 Highway 295 in rural Park County for a reported theft from a vehicle that had been driven sometime over the weekend without the owner’s permission. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the victim and owner of Wyoming Completion, Scott Hecht.
Hecht stated that when he came to work that morning, he discovered his pickup truck had been driven sometime over the weekend without his permission. He further stated that a tool bag containing numerous cordless tools was missing from the truck. The value of the stolen items was estimated at over $600.00. Hecht also said he suspected a former employee, Mark Schiermeister, age 18 of Garland. Schiermeister was terminated from Wyoming Completion in January after working there a short time.
Evidence at the scene indicated that the truck had indeed been driven sometime over the weekend. Follow up investigation also revealed that on Saturday, February 1, Schiermeister attempted to pawn the stolen items at the Northwest Trading Post in Powell. However, he was refused service due to prior dealings with this business where he had attempted to pawn items not belonging to him.
When contacted, Schiermeister initially denied any knowledge of the theft but when presented with the evidence including video surveillance footage, he admitted his involvement in both the use of the truck and the theft of the tools. He was subsequently placed under arrest for auto burglary and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and booked into the Park County Detention Center. All of the stolen merchandise was recovered.
In an unrelated incident, on Monday, February 10, at 08:45 a.m., deputies responded to a reported theft of tools from Specialty Electrics, located at 846 Road 7.5 in rural Park County. The owner and victim David Wyman reported several power tools missing from the shop area. He first noticed a cordless drill missing in December 2013, and then in January he discovered several other tools missing. The total value of the missing tools was estimated at over $1,000.00. Wyman further stated that an employee, Dylan Joseph Ray, age 28 of Powell, had failed to show up for work for several days.
The resulting investigation revealed that on December 14, Ray pawned four power tools at Northwest Trading Post in Powell, all of which were on the list provided to deputies as stolen from Specialty Electrics. When confronted, Ray admitted to the theft of these four items but denied knowledge of three other missing tools. Deputies then re-contacted Northwest Trading Post and a search of their records revealed that Ray had pawned the remaining three tools in July of 2013. This accounted for all of the missing tools. Ray was arrested and charged with larceny over $1,000.00 and booked into the Park County Detention Center.