Facebook Exposes Car Thief; Leads to Felony Charges for Riverton Woman
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Rachael Ashley Norse of Riverton has been transferred to District Court to face Felony Charges for Wrongful Taking or Disposing of Property after waiving her Preliminary Hearing in Circuit Court. Charges were lodged against Norse after several Facebook exchanges between her and the owner of the car led officers to believe that she had stolen a Gold Mercury Sable from a family member living in Montana, according to an affidavit filed with the District Court in Lander.
On April 18, 2017, Riverton Police Officers responded to a report of an injured animal on South Federal Boulevard in Riverton. Officers arrived on scene to find a deer that appeared to have been hit by a Gold Mercury Sable bearing Montana Registration, although the driver of the vehicle was nowhere to be found.
Riverton Police Department found that the abandoned vehicle had recently been reported stolen out of Montana’s Jurisdiction. Officers later received information which led them to investigate Facebook exchanges between Norse and the owner of the car.
Officers began investigating public exchanges that had occurred over Facebook, between Norse, the owner of the car and another Montana woman who relied on the vehicle. The two women explicitly called Norse out in the comments section of a picture posted by Norse, which showed her and the owner of the vehicle together, prior to stealing the car.
Over the course of the next ten days, other Facebook posts by Norse and further exchanges in the comments sections of those posts led officers to believe that she was responsible for the theft.