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CASPER, Wyo. — Two Natrona County men were arrested on suspicion of committing at least two auto burglaries in Bar Nunn.

Shortly after midnight on Monday, the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an auto burglary in process. A man had reportedly witnessed one of the suspects attempting to enter his neighbor’s vehicle on Castlerock Street.

As he was about to confront the man, the witness said his wife saw another man inside their Ford Explorer.

The witness told deputies he was unable to catch the men, but he described one of the males as wearing dark-colored clothing and having a mohawk haircut.

The witness and his neighbor both reported items stolen from their vehicles, including an XM radio, a flashlight, a stereo screen and a Cobra CB radio. Several of the items were dropped as one of the suspects was fleeing, however.

While deputies were interviewing witnesses, another call came in regarding a suspicious-looking blue Ford truck in the area.

Sheriff’s deputies made contact with two men in the truck — Andrew Armstrong and Mark Schuessler, according to an arrest affidavit.

Both men said a third man, Jacob Kleiner, had been present with them earlier in the evening, the report states. Armstrong said he drove Schuessler and Kleiner around various areas in Casper and Bar Nunn while the two attempted to break into cars.

“Occasionally Schuessler and Kleiner would place stolen items into the bed of the truck as Armstrong drove by them,” the affidavit states.

Kleiner reportedly told deputies he remembered entering three vehicles in the Paradise Valley area but couldn’t remember what he stole.

Kleiner, 20, was charged with two counts of burglary and one count of conspiracy to commit burglary. Armstrong, 23, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit burglary. Schuessler is still under investigation, said Lt. Gus Holbrook of the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office.

Armstrong and Kleiner will receive preliminary hearings within 10 days.