Two women have been arrested in connection with several self-storage burglaries that occurred this spring in Marinette and Oconto County, Wis. Video-surveillance footage captured at one site led to the suspects, according to the source.
The first theft occurred on April 22 at Oconto Falls Mini Storage at 7143 State 22 in Lena. Police estimate that about $2,800 in DJ equipment was stolen. Next, seven light machines valued at $1,000 were taken from a storage unit at JR Enterprises, 4830 Brookside Road in Abrams, on April 25. The thieves struck again on May 7 at Gillett Mini Storage at 145 N. Wallis Ave. in Gillett, where a tent and several camping chairs were taken. Welding equipment was stolen on May 9 from a unit at White Pines Storage at 13489 County VV, also in Gillett.
During their investigation, police obtained video footage from an April 24 break-in at Piontek Auto & Storage at 3931 State Highway 22 in Oconto. The camera captured the license plate of a pickup truck believed to be involved in the theft. Investigators were led to a man who said he drove the suspects to two storage units at Piontek. He claimed one of the women, Kari Cooper, 44, removed a tool case from one unit, and a lamp and picture from another. When police executed warrants at Cooper’s home and that of her accomplice, Breanna B. List-Kimball, 28, they discovered dozens of items that were reported missing from the thefts.
Cooper was arrested on a probation and parole warrant on April 30. During an interview with police, she admitted that she and List-Kimball had entered and stolen from storage units at several facilities. She was charged on May 20 with three counts each of burglary, theft and criminal damage to property in connection with the thefts at Piontek Auto & Storage. An initial court appearance hasn’t been scheduled. While Cooper hasn’t yet been charged in Oconto County, additional charges could come once investigators wrap up their case, according to Oconto County Assistant District Attorney Lisa Rowe.
List-Kimball was charged with four counts of burglary in Oconto County. She also faces two counts each of felony bail-jumping and misdemeanor bail-jumping. She’s been out of jail on signature bonds. On Oct. 29, she was charged with possession of methamphetamine among other crimes in Brown County. On March 2, she was charged with felony issuance of a worthless check in Marinette County. She also has two misdemeanor cases in Oconto County. List-Kimball is being held on $20,000 cash bond. Her initial court appearance was scheduled for May 21, the source reported.
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