JACKSON, Wyo. – The Jackson Police Department is investigating a series of thefts from June 30 to July 5 in the Jackson Hole area. The investigation resulted in the arrest of a 26-year-old Denver, Colo. Resident who visited the area during the period of the thefts.
During a search of the 26-year-old suspect’s home, numerous stolen items reported to the Jackson Hole Police Department were recovered, along with other items that may not have been reported as stolen.
According to a press release from the Jackson Police Department, officers responded to a report of two women whose handbags were stolen from the Cowboy Bar on July 3. Another customer said some of his items were stolen the same night.
Detectives were able to track down some of the stolen goods in the men’s washroom after viewing video footage from the Cowboy Bar. The suspect used a credit card to purchase drinks that night, so detectives were able to trace the suspect to Colorado using the name on the card.
Other reports of thefts in and around Jackson were reported to the police department, including bikes and sports equipment. A gun was stolen from a vehicle parked in Jackson.
Over the next week, detectives worked to identify the suspect, which led them to the suspect’s residence in Denver, Colorado. In conjunction with the Broomfield, Colorado Police Department, an arrest warrant and search warrant were obtained.
According to the Jackson Police Department, a gun was recovered during service of the search warrant which had an altered serial number. The gun model and caliber matched the one stolen from Jackson. Numerous cell phones, other electronic devices, numerous bicycles and other sports equipment were also recovered. During the execution of the warrant, items suspected of having been stolen from vehicles in Grand Teton National Park were also recovered.
The Jackson Police Department believes the suspect hired a van in Colorado with the intention of coming to Jackson to commit a series of thefts.
“Because the number of objects discovered at the suspect’s home is greater than the number of objects declared stolen from the police, we believe that there are victims who have not reported their stolen items to law enforcement or who may not know that their items have been stolen, ”the press release said.
The Jackson Police Department is asking the community for any information about the case or to report unreported thefts during this time by calling (307) 733-2331.