Justin Drinkwalter Pleads Guilty To Stealing From School
A Casper teen is now admitting to stealing equipment from a school.
Eighteen year old Justin Drinkwalter has pleaded guilty to one felony count of burglary, one misdemeanor count of property destruction, and two misdemeanor counts of making a false statement to a pawn broker.
Investigators with the Casper Police Department say in middle August, there were two separate break-ins and burglaries at one of the new buildings at Natrona County High School.
A number of Ipad touch screen computer laptops and a projector screen were stolen.
Police later found that they had been pawned, and upon recovering and activating them, the ID on one of the computer’s showed Drinkwalter’s email address and another displayed his name.
A pawn shop employee also said a drywall repair tool had been pawned, and it turned out, that originally belong to repair crews, trying to fix the damage done, during the first break-in.
The license plate of the vehicle that Drinkwalter was driving at the time the items were pawned, was recorded, and investigators also obtained video from the break-ins, which showed Drinkwalter, along with 18-year old Dallas Judkins.
When questioned by officers, both Drinkwalter and Judkins confessed.
As part of plea deal, prosecutors will seek a 45-day jail sentence for Drinkwalter on the misdemeanor charges.
As for the felony burglary charge, he will be given first time offender status, which means if he completes one-to-five years of probation, the guilty conviction will be cleared from his record.
Judkins has also pleaded guilty to similar charges, connected to this case, and both he and Drinkwalter will be sentenced at a later date.