Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE – An arrest warrant has been issued for Randy L. Hammet, 36, Birmingham, Ala., who is wanted for burglary of the Shell Lake Cenex gas station that occurred Monday, Nov. 20.
According to court records, Hammet is charged with burglary and theft. Both charges are felonies and Hammet faces $50,000 in fines and up to 22 years in prison. The Shell Lake Cenex suffered a loss in total of about $13,000 in goods, cash and property damage.
According to the criminal complaint, the burglary occurred at about 2:45 a.m. It was captured on video surveillance. A dark-colored Ford truck with a white-colored tailgate was observed on the video surveillance as the vehicle used by the suspect. That information eventually led to Hammet’s identification and formal criminal charging in the burglary.
This occurred when the suspect’s vehicle was identified as being owned by Robert Abbot of Couderay. Abbot’s wife, Gayela, told law loaned they borrowed their truck to a Randy L. Hammet of Alabama to bring their son home after he stayed the weekend with them.
Several details Abbot told law enforcement about Hammet appear to connect him to the burglary. Abbot told police that when Hammet returned the vehicle the next day he had a carton of cigarettes and later that day she saw a picture of Hammet with over $10,000 cash, which he said he won at the LCO Casino. The LCO Casino told law enforcement they had no record of any wins to a Randy Hammet. Abbot also told law enforcement Hammet had returned to Alabama to buy a car with the money.
The arrest warrant for Hammet has no geographic restriction, meaning he can be arrested for the charges against him in this case wherever law enforcement encounters him in the United States.