Jia Bang Wen Admits To Burglary And Interfering With Police Search
A Casper man is now admitting to burglarizing a downtown businesses and for lying to the police about the location of a couple of runaway juveniles.
Nineteen year old Jia Bang Wen has pleaded guilty to one felony count of burglary, along with misdemeanor counts of interference with a peace officer, and possession of a controlled substance.
Investigators with the Casper Police Department say in middle June, Wen and two accomplices burglarized the Corner Upholstery business and the Wyoming National Apartments Office.
Detectives were able to identify the burglars through surveillance camera footage, and when interviewed, all of them eventually confessed.
During that time, a couple of juveniles were reported missing from the Wyoming Behavioral Institute and an Endangered Person Advisory had been issued.
When questioned initially by police, Wen stated he had not seen either individual.
Once the two juveniles were found, one of them admitted they had been staying with Wen, ever since they escaped.
During a search, investigators also found marijuana on Wen.
A part of a plea deal, prosecutors will seek a total of 20 days in jail for Wen on the misdemeanor charges.
After that, he would be given first time offender status for the burglary charge, which means if he completes a period of probation, the guilty conviction would be cleared from his criminal record.
Wen is free on $15,000 bond, and will be sentenced at a later date.