Posted: Oct 9, 2013 3:56 PM by John Emeigh - MTN News
Updated: Oct 9, 2013 4:58 PM
An Anaconda man is in jail suspected in a string of burglaries between Butte and Deer Lodge.
Ronald Looman, 40, faces felony charges in connection with seven burglaries in Anaconda, according to Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell. Looman also is suspected in two burglaries and one attempted burglary at Butte businesses and, possibly, three burglaries in Deer Lodge.
Butte police have connected Looman with burglaries that were reported Tuesday at Planet Beach and Copper City Crossfit in the 5000 block of Harrison Avenue. He also may be connected with an attempted burglary in at the dentist office of Erik Johnson and Robert Wilcox off of Lexington Avenue.
Anaconda police suspect Looman committed burglaries in the Smelter City at S&N Concrete, Persnickety Cleaners, Anaconda Automotive, First Quarter Casino, Mike's Sales and other locations. Barkell said authorities in Deer Lodge traced a suspicious vehicle in Deer Lodge to Looman. Anaconda police officer Tyler Deeks found Looman's vehicle parked on East Park Street in Anaconda and noticed alleged stolen items and burglary tools in the vehicle.
Looman was arrested Tuesday after more stolen items were found in his residence, Barkell said. Investigators suspect Looman committed these burglaries between Friday evening and early Tuesday.
Court documents show Looman has a long criminal history going back to the early 90s that includes felony convictions for burglaries and arson in Yellowstone and Gallatin counties.