More charges filed against alleged Kingman storage unit burglar

A Kingman man arrested in the investigation of storage-unit burglaries was indicted by a Mohave County grand jury Thursday on 31 felony charges.

James Joseph Cooper Jr.

was arrested Sunday morning at his apartment complex along Hualapai Mountain Road in connection with storage-unit burglaries at Zuni Mini Storage in the 3300 block of Bank Street.

Cooper had been charged with one count of third-degree burglary, possession of dangerous drugs, drug paraphernalia and marijuana, possession of burglary tools and possession of stolen property.

Thursday's indictment lists 12 counts of third-degree burglary, 13 counts of possession of stolen property, one count of theft, trafficking in stolen property, possession of burglary tools, possession of dangerous drugs, drug paraphernalia and marijuana, all felonies, Kingman Police Department Cpl.

Tracie Homer said.

The additional burglary charges are connected to thefts at Zuni Mini Storage and another storage business in the 3500 block of Powell Avenue, which recently fired Cooper.

Cooper also has been charged with the theft of four helium tanks, valued at up to $600 each, from a Kingman company where he once worked.

Cooper was being held at the Mohave County Jail on $5,000 bond Thursday.

According to police, Cooper rented five units at Zuni Mini Storage, where he also had worked.

Investigators charge him with breaking into neighboring units and taking items including jewelry, furniture, appliances, camping equipment and tools.

Cooper's job responsibilities including opening and closing the complex.

Police found some of the stolen property in an apartment on Hualapai Mountain Road.

Estimated value of the recovered items is about $25,000.

Officers also found methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the apartment.

Cameo Lynn Austin, 26, Cooper's girlfriend, was also arrested with him at his apartment and is charged with possession of dangerous drugs, drug paraphernalia and marijuana, all felonies.

Anyone who has a unit at either storage business and is missing items should contact detective Dave Coffin at 753-2191.

Anyone who may have bought sold by a man at Zuni Mini Storage is asked to contact Coffin.