A man who did not return to the Casper Re-Entry Center over a week ago has been arrested in California.

Andrew Melikian, 25, was allowed to leave CRC on Oct. 13 so he could apply for a job. Melikian did not return; neither did 26-year-old Joseph Hemme, who was also allowed to leave CRC for a work-related reason.

In announcing the arrest on their Facebook page, the Natrona County Sheriff's Office credited assistance from the public and cooperation of California law enforcement for the arrest.

Investigator David Hulshizer of the Natrona County Sheriff's Office declined to release further details of Melikian's arrest or the charges he may face in addition to the escape charge, citing the ongoing investigation.

Steve Gibson, owner of Hilltop Laundromat, believes Melikian broke into one of his vending machines and stole some $500 last week. Gibson says Melikian also tried unsuccessfully to drill out the lock on a change machine, causing some $2,500 in damage.

The Casper Police Department has not reported any new leads in the case, though the investigation continues. Police also have not confirmed whether they suspect Melikian.

Following the CRC escape, Hulshizer believes Hemme is still at large. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Natrona County Sheriff's Office at 235-9282.

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