BREAKING NEWS – Series Of Burglaries Solved
From the Larimer County Sheriff’s Dept.
In a joint investigation with Estes Park Police Department, at least 16 burglaries that occurred between the City of Estes Park and Larimer County over the past two months are believed to be solved. Of the five that occurred in Larimer County, three residential burglaries were in the Thunder Mountain neighborhood, one commercial burglary to the Dunraven Restaurant and one attempted burglary to the Gateway Visitors’ Center on Fall River Road. The remainder of the burglaries, thirteen in all, took place within the city limits of Estes Park.
After several interviews, it is believed at this time that James Kochman, 050389, of Estes Park and three males juveniles are responsible for the burglaries. A search warrant executed at the residence of the juvenile where Kochman was also living resulted in the recovery of several stolen items. Several more items were pawned in Longmont and Boulder.
Officers and deputies believe they have cleared 18 cases; 16 burglaries (four residential and twelve commercial) and two attempted burglaries of commercial buildings. The total loss is not yet available but it is believed to exceed $20,000 in damage and property loss.
Kochman will be charged in all cases. One of his fifteen-year-old juvenile accomplices is believed to have been involved in all cases. The second is believed to have been involved in approximately one-half of the cases. The third juvenile is believed to have been involved in approximately six cases. The parents of the juveniles were extremely cooperative with law enforcement and are not believed to be involved with the burglaries.
Kochman was arrested on June 12, 2008, in Estes Park by Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and Estes Park Police Department and booked on the following charges:
Sixteen counts of Second Degree Burglary, a class three felony,
Sixteen counts Theft, a class four felony,
Sixteen counts Criminal Mischief, a class four felony and
Three counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, a class four felony
Kochman is being held at the Larimer County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond.
For further information, contact Detective Rick Life at 577-3872 in Estes Park.