UPDATE: Alleged Mocha Moose Robber Caught; Store Manager Knew Suspect
Casper police caught the man who allegedly robbed at gunpoint the Mocha Moose Express smoke shop last week.
Joshua Capshaw also may have had help, according to a police affidavit filed with the Natrona County Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
On Monday, Capshaw heard the charge of aggravated robbery during his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court today.
Circuit Court Judge Steven Brown set Capshaw's bond at $30,000 because of the use of the weapon and because of previous and other pending criminal charges.
If convicted, he faces between five and 25 years imprisonment.
Because aggravated robbery is a felony, Capshaw did not enter a plea. He will have a preliminary hearing within a few weeks to determine whether his case should be bound over for trial in Natrona County Circuit Court.
The case began last week when Casper police received a report of an armed robbery at the Mocha Moose at 855 CY Ave. about 8 p.m. Thursday.
The man demanded money and showed a handgun.
After getting an undisclosed amount of money, the man took the employees to the bathroom of the business and told them to wait until after he left.
A security camera recorded the incident.
Several days after the robbery, store manager Kelly Harmon told police she knew that Capshaw robbed the store.
"Harmon stated Capshaw had talked about robbing the Mocha Moose several days prior to the robbery," according to the affidavit. "Harmon did not tell police at the time of her initial interview because she didn't want her friend to get into trouble."
Harmon had known Capshaw for several years and had provided methamphetamine to him. Capshaw also had dated her daughter, according to the affidavit.
Despite that familiarity, Harmon tried to persuade Capshaw to "'do the right thing'" and return the money. She denied having any involvement in the robbery and said the crime was his idea, according to the affidavit.
On Sunday, police took Capshaw into custody. Capshaw told police he had been in Montana and had just returned to Casper.
He had been staying with a girlfriend in the area of East Sixth and South Jackson streets, but didn't know her last name. Police later recovered a semi-auto 1911-style BB gun from the woman's house, as well as clothing that matched that worn by the suspect in the video.
He denied he knew anything about the robbery, then said it was not his idea, that it was Harmon's idea and that they could have done it but he wasn't involved, according to the affidavit. "Capshaw said if he would have robbed the business he would have shot Harmon."