Man on parole arrested in string of SW Montana burglaries


POSTED: 9:25 AM Oct 10 2013
BUTTE, Mont. -

A 40-year-old Anaconda man who was on parole on a burglary charge has been arrested by police investigating a rash of burglaries in three counties.

Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell tells The Montana Standard that officers investigating a suspicious vehicle saw stolen items in Ronald Looman's Jeep, while cash and more stolen goods were found at his house.

Looman was charged Wednesday with seven felony counts of burglary in Anaconda. Barkell says Looman is a suspect in three burglaries in Powell County and two business burglaries in Butte.

Looman's criminal history includes an arson conviction for a 1991 church fire in Billings that caused $200,000 worth of damage. He was suspected of setting several other serious fires in Billings in 1994 on the night before he was sentenced in the arson case.