Man charged with theft after allegedly stealing recreational equipment

SHERIDAN — A 34-year-old man was arrested on Dec. 17, 2018, for burglary and faces charges in the 4th Judicial District Court.

On Dec. 10, 2018 John Stalick noticed a large amount of his fishing equipment missing from his garage. Sheridan Police Department Officer Jeremy Kmett arrived to the scene, and they both looked to see if Stalick misplaced the items. Kmett then called in a burglary when the two came up with nothing.

Stalick was missing a gun vise, a collection of antique fly reels, an Orvis orange case, a tactical vest and shooting earphones. Later that day he noticed he was missing 10 knives and a pair a scissors. He estimated the items were collectively worth thousands of dollars.

Stephen Baker Peak was caught trying to resell the stolen items to the Fly Shop of the Big Horns.

The store owner, Pete Widener, who was a friend of Stalick, had recognized the missing reels.

Kmett arrived at the store to speak with Peak about the stolen fishing equipment.

When Peak could not recall where he obtained the reels, he was arrested by Kmett. Peak later admitted to law enforement to walking over to Stalick’s garage one day and entering after he noticed the door was unlocked.

On Dec 16, 2018, Jason Etchechoury reported he was also missing items from his garage. He estimated their worth to be over $1,000.

Peak was charged with two counts of burglary and one count of wrongful taking or disposing of property — all felony charges.

Peak’s arraignment was held on Jan. 31 in district court, with additional hearings to follow.


Woman charged with multiple counts of theft

SHERIDAN — Brandi Jean Zabit was charged with one count of theft, one count of conspiracy to commit crime of theft and two counts of wrongful taking or disposing of property.

Zabit initially pleaded not guilty during her arraignment Sept. 4, 2018.

On Nov. 29, 2018, Zabit changed her plea to guilty for the theft charge. The court accepted her plea and dismissed the other charges per a plea agreement.

In the agreement, attorneys recommended five years of supervised probation with all prison time suspended.

Zabit will return to 4th Judicial District Court Feb. 5 at 9:45 a.m. for her sentencing hearing.


Man charged with strangulation

A 39-year-old man was arrested for strangulation of a household member, a felony, and two misdemeanor charges of domestic battery Jan. 5.

Nathan Schuerman was charged with one count of intentionally or recklessly strangling a household member and one count of knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to a victim.

Schuerman is being held on a $10,000 cash-only bond and court orders for no contact with the victim.

Schuerman’s arraignment will be Feb. 5 at 10:30 a.m. in 4th Judicial District Court.