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Big Horn County Coroner arrested on suspicion of theft

Crime Watch
Posted at 3:01 PM, May 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-03 17:44:16-04

Daryl Craig Nordquist is in custody for allegedly attempting to buy stolen motorcycles and ATVs, according to charging documents filed in Yellowstone County District Court.

Prosecutors allege that Nordquist, who is facing felony theft charges, bought two dirt bikes and an ATV even though he had a feeling “that they were stolen” during the transaction.

Nordquist, 37 years old, currently serves as the coroner of Big Horn County.

Court documents say the victim of the theft reported a cargo trailer stolen the weekend of April 27. Inside the trailer were 4 motorcycles and 2 ATV’s with a total estimated worth of over $23,000. The victim told police he was in contact with Nordquist who said he might know where the stolen items were located, telling him he had two of the dirt bikes and one of the ATV’s and arranged a meeting on April 29 at the Town Pump in Lockwood.

Nordquist was handcuffed at that meeting by a detective with the street crimes unit after the VIN number of the stolen items came back as reported stolen. Nordquist said he purchased the vehicles without titles from someone named “Josh.” He told police he also never checked with police to see if the vehicles were stolen even though he had a feeling they might be.

Nordquist was taken into custody and on Monday was being held at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility on felony theft charges.

Investigators later traced the contact that Nordquist provided to them regarding who sold him the stolen trailer, motorcycles, and ATVs where the trailer was recovered at a property at the 1000 block of South 48th Street W.

Additional suspects told investigators that Nordquist did know the vehicles were stolen property.