A Bar Nunn man pleaded not guilty to multiple aggravated burglaries, burglaries and other crimes -- convictions of which could land him in prison for decades -- during his arraignment in Natrona County District Court on Friday.

Jason Jennings, 25, was accompanied by his public defender Alia Scott when he entered the plea before Judge Catherine Wilking.

Jennings is charged with three counts of aggravated burglary, one count of robbery, four counts of burglary, and four counts of wrongful taking or disposing of property -- all felonies.

Aggravated burglary [when a weapon is involved or taken during the burglary] and robbery each are punishable by between five and 25 years in prison. Burglary and wrongful taking or disposing of property are each punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.

Jennings also is charged with one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a credit card, which is punishable by up to six months of imprisonment.

A trial date has not been set.

Jennings remains in custody at the Natrona County jail on a $25,000 cash or surety bond

The case started in October when law enforcement received numerous reports of auto burglaries, stolen vehicles and a robbery.

Law enforcement recovered all of the stolen vehicles, and recovered numerous firearms including several suspected stolen firearms. Stolen items also included cash, credit cards, and electronic devices.

Casper police said these crimes were instances of opportunity.

The burglarized cars were either unlocked or had valuables, including firearms, in plain view.

Jennings admitted to walking around neighborhoods and testing car handles, according to the news release. If doors were locked, he moved on. He burglarized those that weren't.

Jennings was arrested on Oct. 23.

Four other people were arrested in connection to this case: Keith Crakaal, Kristopher Hodgins, Megan Holzer and Danielle Rickert.

On Oct. 24, Holzer was driving a sport utility vehicle with Crakaal as a passenger. They led law enforcement on a chase into Casper where she crashed the SUV into a tree in the 1100 block of South Wolcott Street.

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After being treated at the Wyoming Medical Center and released, Holzer told police the pursuit was, "'Like being in Grand Theft Auto.'"

 

 

 

 

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