James Arner Admits To Stealing TV’s From Hotel
A Natrona County man accused of being part of a burglary scheme at a Casper hotel, is now admitting to it.
James Arner has pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary.
Investigators with the Casper Police Department say in May, there was an organized overnight burglary of nine new televisions, from the Holiday Inn on East Second Street.
The burglars entered through an office window that wasn’t locked, while an accomplice distracted the front desk employee, in order to prevent them from seeing the security cameras.
Investigators got a lead when they found someone trying to sell the TVs on Facebook.
Arner was eventually linked to the caper, because he was a former employee of the hotel, and management knew that he had a distinctive walk, which was noted in the surveillance video, the night of the burglary.
When interviewed by police, Arner admitted the plan was his idea, because he knew where the TVs were.
The hotel was in the process of replacing the TVs in all the rooms, with new ones.
As part of a plea deal, prosecutors will seek an undetermined length of probation, provided that Arner has no prior felony convictions on his record.
He is being held on $5,000 bond, and will be sentenced at a later date.
A number of co-defendants connected to this case, have also pleaded guilty to various charges.