A Casper man returned to his car Monday at a local park and discovered an alleged burglar hiding in the back seat, according to a police report.

Authorities say Brandtly Patrick Bedsaul broke into several vehicles Monday at Washington Park and was burglarizing a car when the owner caught him in the act. Bedsaul, 18, was being held in the Natrona County Detention Center as of Tuesday afternoon. He is charged with burglary, aggravated burglary and interference with a police officer.

The victim said he and a friend had met at the park to walk around and when they returned his friend noticed her car had been ransacked, the police report states. The victim noticed one of his car windows had been broken and he glanced into his car to see a man, later identified as Bedsaul, laying down on the back seat attempting to hide. Bedsaul jumped out of the broken window and tried to flee, but the victim tackled him.

According to the report, the victim also said Bedsaul had a knife, but the victim was able to get it away from Bedsaul. Police later recovered the knife at the park.

When police arrested Bedsaul, they found a woman’s purse around his neck and two wallets in his pockets, as well as other items commonly stored in cars, the report states.

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