An Evansville man pleaded not guilty to a series of car burglaries Thursday in Natrona County District Court.
As’sher Pettry faces a charge of aggravated burglary after police say they found him and a friend breaking into cars in Evansville in March. Pettry became armed during the burglaries after taking a handgun from an unlocked car.
According to an affidavit in the case, officers followed footsteps in the snow in an Evansville subdivision in the early hours of March 14, following a historic snowstorm in the area. The tracks led from one car to the next on Pony Express Trail, eventually leading to Pettry and a young man.
The felony carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, or up to $50,000 in fines.
Pettry, who was born in 2002, appeared for his arraignment Thursday via video conference from the Natrona County Detention Center, where he’s remained since his arrest in March. He now awaits trial on the charge.
He told Judge Catherine Wilking during the arraignment that he’s still in the process of completing high school, and still intends to graduate despite being delayed by jail time.
Court documents state police found Pettry with a stolen handgun from one of the cars, as well as two phones, a bottle of prescription medication, a wallet, cash and various other small items. The other person with him was found with two prescription pill bottles and a bottle of cologne.
In interviews with investigators, Pettry said he’d heard it was easy to make money by burglarizing cars and selling the stolen items. He said he and the other young man went on a walk intending to steal from cars, and said he was excited to find a handgun in an unlocked vehicle on Big Horn Street.
The burglarized cars were all parked along Big Horn Street, Pony Express Trail and Reshaw Circle in Evansville, according to the affidavit.