Attempted horse thief detained by owner, witnesses

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

(Arapahoe, WY) – Fremont County man Marques Mort, 26, faces felony charges for burglary and attempted theft-taking, as well as a misdemeanor charge for methamphetamine possession, for an incident occurring on August 8th.

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Mort was reportedly caught attempting to take a horse and three saddles from a residence, and was detained by the homeowner and several witnesses. During the altercation, Mort was alleged to have discarded a bag of what was later positively identified as methamphetamine, and was also discovered to have more of the drug on his person after being searched by law enforcement.

Sufficient probable cause was found at Mort’s August 18th preliminary hearing to move the case to District Court, with an arraignment date set for September 9th.

On the evening of August 8th, a Fremont County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was dispatched to an Arapahoe residence for a report of attempted horse and saddle theft.

The horse/residence owner and several witnesses had reportedly observed Mort attempting to take a horse off the owner’s property, and could also see drag marks from the saddles that were taken from the barn.

Prior to the Deputy’s arrival, the owner and witnesses had detained Mort, who was alleged to have discarded a bag from his pocket while this occurred. The bag’s contents were later tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.

While investigating the scene, the Deputy observed footprints that appeared to match Mort’s boots near the items he allegedly attempted to steal. The deputy also observed track marks coming from the barn where the saddles had been dragged.

After searching Mort’s person, the Deputy found more presumptive positive methamphetamine in a folded package.

Mort’s arraignment hearing has been set for September 9th.

The maximum penalty for the burglary felony charge is 10 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

The maximum penalty for the attempted theft-taking felony charge is 10 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

The maximum penalty for the methamphetamine possession misdemeanor charge is 12 months imprisonment and a $1,000 fine.

County 10 will provide more updates on the case as they become available, which can be found here.

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