From the County Attorney’s office, KCNI/KBBN obtained an affidavit for an arrest warrant of John T. Holmquist, suspect of the July burglaries in Broken Bow.
In early July, KCNI/KBBN visited with EZ IT Co-owners Travis Barker and Justin Coble after their store was burglarized. (Click here to view the July 3 article.) Losses totaled nearly $30,000. Computers Plus was also broken into and on July 2, Broken Bow Police Officer Shane Fiorelli found the back door to Computers Plus pried open. Corey Clay reported that items missing from the store included an AK-47 rifle, computer hard drive, laptop, flash drive, Action cam, scanner, and antenna. Captain Dan Hanson was informed of a break in at EZ IT later the same day.
According to the affidavit, Captain Hanson was advised by investigator Brad Butler that on July 12, along with the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and the Lexington Police Department, they had served a search warrant on property occupied by John T. Holmquist. Mr. Holmquist was a person of interest in the burglary of the Kearney and Lexington Viaero stores.
Documents state that items recovered in that search included an AK-47 rifle, the Action cam, and a flash drive belonging to Computers Plus. Also recovered were DeWalt tools (one with name COBLE printed on the case) which identified it coming from EZ IT.
Also in the affidavit, on July 19, Captain Hanson obtained a search warrant for the Holmquist property which is located west of Lexington in Dawson County. Hanson was told there was a mini fridge, TV, sim cards, and security cameras which he believed were from the burglaries in Broken Bow. Hanson also advised that a flash drive recovered by the Lexington Police Department/Dawson County Sheriff’s Office had financial information for Cory Clay, owner of Computers Plus.
EZ IT employees and owner of Computers Plus reportedly advised the Broken Bow Police Department that Holmquist had been in the Broken Bow stores several days before the break ins.
The affidavit stated that an arrest warrant be issued for the arrest of John T. Holmquist for the crime of two counts of burglary, a Class IIA felony, and that he be brought before the court to be dealt with according to law.