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Two suspects in custody following numerous charges of vandalism and destruction of property at Bentonite Mine

The Natrona County Sheriff's Office have arrested two individuals following the investigation of close to $1,00,000 dollars worth of damage at a Bentonite mine . According to court records, on January 4th, 2016 at approximately 7:22 am NC Sheriff Deputies responded to a Bentonite Mine, located near the intersection of Poison Spider Road and Gas Hills Road in Natrona County for a report of damaged property. Upon arrival, Deputies observed a CAT D-10 Bulldozer parked on top of a large metal shipping container. Reports continue to show, that the responding Deputies discovered an epic amount of destroyed property that included the shipping container, a motor home, several trailers, a semi-truck, a Ford F-250 pickup, a portable restroom, and numerous tools and work equipment. The source of the property damage appeared to have been caused by unknown person(s) operating the large equipment. Such as the D-10, belly scrapers, a road grader, an excavator and a semi-truck. Reports continue to show that one of the semi-trucks on scene had the cab potion completely removed using the excavator and then crushed completely, destroying the semi-truck. The initial estimated damage that was caused was believed to be between $500,000 and 1,000,000. On January 14th, 2016 the NCSO received information from the parents of an individual who had knowledge about the property damage. Investigators spoke with the witness who told them that on the night of January 3, 2016 into the early morning hours of January 4th he/she was with two males, later identified as twenty year old Mark I Faulcon and another male. The three of them reportedly drove to the area where Faulcon and the other male destroyed the property using large machinery, according to reports. The individual showed investigators photos depicting the equipment and property damage and were given specific descriptions of how some of the property was destroyed. Later in the day NCSO located Mark Faulcon at his residence in Casper. He was arrested and charged with eight counts. When Deputies spoke with Faulcon he informed them in court records, that the previous witness had nothing to do with the property damage even though he/she was present. Faulcon reported that the three of them drove to the area and while in the area he and the other male both operated the large machinery and decided to drive the equipment. Following the investigation Faulcon was charged with eight counts including two felony property damage, five counts of burglary and one count of conspiracy to commit burglary. He is currently being held on a $50,000 bond. Over the weekend Natrona County Sheriff's Office was able to locate the other male involved, identified as Adam M Melikian. Melikian will be read his formal charges during his initial appearance this afternoon. #oilcity #news #county10