Man pleads not guilty to 4 felonies, 1 misdemeanor

A Laramie man pleaded not guilty Monday at his District Court arraignment to four charges of felony conspiracy to commit burglary and one misdemeanor charge of wrongful taking or disposing of property.

Dustin Sanchez, 30, received these charges for his alleged associated with several vehicle burglaries that took place Aug. 26 at an apartment complex on West Jefferson Street. Austin Holaday, 19, pleaded not guilty to four charges of burglary Nov. 8 from the same incident. District Court judge Tori Kricken said if Sanchez is found guilty of the five charges, he could spend more than 40 years in prison.

“Each charge of conspiracy to commit burglary is a maximum of 10 years in prison and six months for the misdemeanor,” Kricken said. “If (Sanchez) is convicted for all counts he could receive 40 years and six months in prison.”

According to court documents, LPD officers were dispatched to the apartment complex at about 9:40 a.m. Aug. 26 to investigate several vehicles that were entered and had items removed such as tools, $100 in cash and 20-25 checks. While the officers investigated the complex’s video surveillance, they found two individuals walking through the parking lot at about 2 a.m. entering and exiting several vehicles, court documents state.

One of the individuals could not be identified in the video because they were wearing a hood but Holaday was identified as one of the individuals. Officers spoke with Holaday and he allegedly admitted to being involved in the burglaries and identified the other individual in the video as Sanchez, who kept all the items from the incident, court documents state.

During the interview, one of Sanchez’s family members entered the police department and allegedly said she saw Sanchez entering a motel room with items she did not think was his.

With the family member’s consent, officers searched the room and found several items that were recovered and placed into evidence and was informed Sanchez could also be hiding items at a relative’s house, court documents state.

His District Court jury trial is set for May 1-2.

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