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
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
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