Cody’s wife Chelsea Velker, 35, pleaded guilty in Park County District Court to the theft of $7,363 worth of photo and radio equipment stolen from Sunlight Photographics and radio station KROW while his boyfriend, Travis Joel Dawe, 41, has pleaded not guilty to the charge. .
On September 8, Dawe also pleaded not guilty to the charge of burglary with intent to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, while Velker only pleaded to those charges.
Velker, however, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft of business checks, valued at less than $1,000.
Velker and Dawe allegedly committed the crimes in January last year, after being caught in the vault between Sunlight Photographics and KROW in early January last year.
The Cody Police Department executed a search warrant at Velker and Dawe’s residence on January 28, 2021, where they found 300 to 400 business checks printed with Sunlight Photographs, computer towers, a $225 tripod, various cameras, lenses, cases, camera cords and shop lights.
During an interview with Powell Police Department investigator Chris Wallace on January 28, 2021, Dawe admitted to taking the camera equipment, saying “he thought those were things they were supposed to clean,” Wallace wrote in the affidavit.
When Wallace interviewed Velker, she also admitted to taking items from the vault between Sunlight Photographics and KROW.
“Velker said she and Dawe loaded the material into their car and drove it home,” Wallace wrote in the affidavit.
The couple intended to sell the items, according to the affidavit.
In addition to pleading not guilty to all charges related to the Sunlight Photographics and KROW events, Dawe also pleaded not guilty on September 8 to the five other crimes he is charged with relating to the Caleco Foundry burglary in October of 2020.
Those charges include three counts of forgery and one misdemeanor count of theft of business checks, a debit card, personal documents and a laptop computer. He was also charged with one count of burglary by entering or remaining in a building with intent to commit theft.
On October 14, 2020, Dawe allegedly stole a corporate debit card and numerous checks from Caleco.
“The [founder] said they believed Travis Dawe was the suspect,” Park County Sheriff’s Deputy Phil Johnson wrote in the affidavit. “He came to this conclusion because Travis Dawe was recently fired from his job and they denied his unemployment.”
According to the affidavit, Dawe robbed Caleco to raise money for his meth habit.
In an interview with Johnson, Dawe admitted that he used the stolen laptop to open numerous bank accounts for various people and used the debit card to buy several cell phones.
Dawe also admitted to writing checks, signing them and attempting to deposit them via mobile deposit with the cell phones he purchased, according to the affidavit.
The items stolen from Caleco were found at Dawe’s home during the execution of a search warrant.
A pre-trial conference and jury trial will be scheduled for Dawe at a later date, while the charges that Velker did not plead will be dealt with at sentencing, according to the guilty plea judgment.