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Tue, July 16

Kingman man arrested for storage unit burglaries

A 31-year-old Kingman man was has been arrested on numerous felony charges including burglary of several storage units.

James Joseph Cooper Jr.

was arrested Saturday at his apartment complex in the 3000 block of Hualapai Mountain Road after Kingman police investigated burglaries of at least seven storage units at the Zuni Mini Storage, Lt.

Dean Brice said.

Cooper rented five storage units at the complex in the 3300 block of Bank Street, according to police.

He has been charged with breaking into neighboring storage units.

Items stolen include jewelry, furniture, appliances, camping equipment and tools, Brice said.

Police are investigating burglaries at other storage units.

Cooper once worked part time at the storage complex in doing maintenance jobs and opening and closing the complex, Brice said.

Some of the stolen property was recovered at the apartment on Hualapai Mountain Road.

Methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were discovered at the apartment, Brice said.

"There was enough drug paraphernalia to open a head shop," he said.

Cooper is charged with possession of dangerous drugs, drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

He is also charged with third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and possession of stolen property.

All the charges are felonies.

Cooper's girlfriend, Cameo Lynn Austin, 26, was also arrested Saturday morning at the apartment complex and charged with possession of dangerous drugs, drug paraphernalia and marijuana, all felonies.

Anyone who has a storage unit at the site and may be missing items should contact Kingman police detective Dave Coffin at 753-2191.

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


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