Joshua Bland Pleads Not Guilty To Burglary
A Bar Nunn man accused of breaking into a number of vehicles has entered a plea in court..
Twenty-three year old Joshua Bland, has pleaded not guilty to one charge of burglary and one charge of wrongful taking or disposing of property.
According to the Natrona County Sheriff's Office, in middle March there was an investigation of 14 separate automobile burglaries in the Bar Nunn area.
In one case, about $5,800 of "Magic the Gathering" playing cards were taken.
A sheriff's investigator contacted a local business that sold and bought the playing cards.
The business owner told the investigator that Bland came into his store to sell some of the cards, some of which were rare and expensive.
Bland told the owner that his uncle gave them to him.
The store owner knew Bland's uncle and talked to him that evening.
Bland's uncle said he had given Bland these kinds of cards to him in the past, but never had owned any of the ones in question.
The investigator spoke to the burglary victim who confirmed the authenticity of the stolen cards.
The store owner was later shown a picture of Bland and confirmed he brought those cards to his store.
The investigator then went to Bland's last known address and searched it.
One of the rooms in the house had been recently vacated by a friend of Bland's named James Oliver who was traveling back to California.
The investigator saw items in the room that resembled those taken in another auto burglary case.
Bland is free on $5,000 bond awaiting trial and he could face up to 10 years in prison on each charge if convicted.