GREAT FALLS — Jesse Trent Cooper has been charged in connection with a recent burglary from a storage unit involving thousands of dollars worth of gold and silver coins.
Court documents state that police, acting on a tip, went to a hotel to talk with Cooper about the recent theft; after a brief chase on foot, Cooper was taken into custody and questioned.
Cooper reportedly said that he had been given a "large amount of coins" by an acquaintance, and Cooper said he thought the coins may have been stolen from a drug dealer. Cooper told police that he sold some of the silver coins for about $3,500 in cash. He also admitted breaking into another storage unit; that investigation is still underway.
Court documents state that Cooper has convictions for theft and possession of burglary tools, and has also been arrested for criminal trespass to vehicles, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and deceptive practices.
Cooper has been charged at this point with one felony count of theft (possession of stolen property).
Prosecutors requested that bail for Cooper be set at $25,000, noting that he is homeless and a flight risk.
(JANUARY 8, 2021) During the week of November 17th, 2020, an elderly community member became the victim of a felony burglary when their storage unit on the west side of Great Falls was broken into.
The Great Falls Police Department said in a news release on Friday that the suspect(s) stole numerous family heirlooms, including irreplaceable family documents, one-ounce gold bars, gold Escudos from a shipwreck, a bag of older silver coins, silver one-ounce round coins, silver bars, and many other items of personal and sentimental significance.
The total loss of the items is valued at more than $50,000. The GFPD says officers have investigated diligently to no avail, and are looking to the community for help.
If you have any information that may assist investigators in identifying the suspect(s) and/or locating the stolen property, you are asked to call 406-727-8493, send a private message to the GFPD Facebook page, or send a tip via Great Falls/Cascade County Crimestoppers at P3TIPS.COM or 406-727-8477.
The GFPD noted: "The tiniest tip could break the case wide open."