Man Accused of Burglarizing Cheyenne Home, Torching $30K SUV
A 48-year-old Oklahoma City man is facing five to 30 years in prison after allegedly burglarizing a north Cheyenne home and setting the homeowner's SUV on fire.
Court documents allege Michael Dewayne Keck broke into William and Loraine Rudd's home sometime between Feb. 16-18 and stole several items, including firearms, computers, credit cards and a 2016 Toyota Highlander valued at $30,450.
Laramie County Sheriff's deputies found the SUV, which was totally damaged from fire, on Wyoming Highway 214 north of Carpenter on Feb. 17.
Keck and a woman were also caught on camera using the stolen credit cards in Spearfish, South Dakota, according to an affidavit.
When deputies tried to contact Keck at his last known address on Feb. 24, they found out that he and his girlfriend, Dawn Crayk, had recently moved to Oklahoma City.
On Feb. 28, a sheriff's deputy spoke to a Norman, Oklahoma angler, Nick Key, who found several items, including a duffel bag containing two of William Rudd's USB flash drives, floating in Lake Stanley Draper in Oklahoma City.
Key stated that he'd called the Oklahoma City Police Department, but the responding officer didn't want to collect the items as evidence because he thought they were trash.
Key emailed pictures of the items to the deputy and William Rudd verified that all of the items, except a knife box, belonged to him, his wife and his son.
It was later determined that the knife had been purchased in Deadwood, South Dakota with Rudd's stolen credit card.
Deputies were also able to recover roughly $1,200 worth of stolen items that Keck had given to his former roommate before he moved.
Keck was arrested on a warrant on Dec. 7 and has been charged with aggravated burglary-deadly weapon and third-degree arson-property destruction more than $200.
Keck's bond was set at $2,000 cash. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 15 in Laramie County Circuit Court.