Trading On Up: Alleged Burglar Swapped Bike For Car For SUV From Casper To Riverton
If nothing else, Ronald Wayne Crebs III was trading up in his modes of transportation from Casper to Riverton before he got caught, according to court documents.
Crebs was arrested in Fremont County on Monday after he drove a Toyota Sequoia over spike strips placed by Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers, concluding a two-day search that began with a burglary Sunday morning, according to a police affidavit filed in Natrona County Circuit Court.
Crebs, 40, was charged with burglary and felony theft, but the affidavit said more charges may be added. He already had a 20-year criminal history with a conviction of auto burglary and theft in March 1997, property damage, drug crimes, assault, disorderly conduct, receiving stolen property; more theft and burglary. He was on probation, according to the affidavit.
Wednesday, he heard the two felony counts during his initial appearance before Natrona County Circuit Court Judge Steve Brown. If convicted, each count is punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment.
Crebs said his home was in Utah, but he had been at the Casper Re-Entry Center and was homeless after he was released several months ago.
Brown set Crebs' bond at $15,000 cash or surety.
The hunt for Crebs began when a worker reported a burglary at Big Dawg Auto on East Yellowstone Highway on Sunday morning. When she arrived, she found a window opened and a bicycle by the building. She found the drawers in her desk had been opened, a locked door had been pried open, kitchen cabinets were opened, and a key box had been opened.
A Honda Civic with temporary registration documents had been stolen, too, according to the affidavit.
An officer reviewed security camera footage and saw a white male wearing a hoodie and baggy pants "sneaking around the parking lot," but could not identify the suspect, according to the affidavit. Police continued collecting evidence through Sunday.
At 11 a.m. Monday, Casper police received a call from the Riverton Police Department that they saw the Honda that was evading officers who stopped the chase on northbound U.S. Highway 20-16.
Ten minutes later, the Fremont County Sheriff's office received a report of a stolen Toyota Sequoia. Police responded to an address on North Mountain View Drive. There, officers found the Honda with temporary registration documents.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol saw the the Toyota on Highway 20-26, chased it, and finally stopped it with spike strips.
Crebs was taken to the Wyoming Medical Center for treatment of injuries.
He admitted he drove the Honda before stealing the Toyota, adding he left personal items in the Honda including his inmate clothing.
He would not say if anyone else was involved with the theft.