(Riverton, Wyo.) – Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee confirmed this morning that 65-year-old Joseph Spriggs turned himself in to the Riverton Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday afternoon. Spriggs was wanted in connection to the alleged theft and destruction of county-owned materials by former Pioneer Museum Director Carol Thiesse.
Spriggs is charged as a codefendant with Accessory Before the Fact. His charge is also a felony punishable by 10 years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines. Thiesse has been charged by the Fremont County Attorney’s Office with Larceny by Bailee and Intellectual Property Destruction. Both are felony charges, and if convicted of both she would face a maximum of 13 years in prison and/or $13,000 in fines.
A warrant for Spriggs’s and Thiesse’s arrests were issued on April 15. Thiesse was arrested shortly after. According to Riverton Circuit Court, Thiesse has posted $5,000 cash as 20 percent of her $25,000 bond. Spriggs has been released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. (Read about Thiesse’s initial appearance here.)
A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for May 21 in Riverton Circuit Court.
This case was investigated, and is continued to be investigated, by the Lander Police Department. The investigation was initiated in August 2012 following Thiesse’s removal from the job. Read more details here.