CUSTER COUNTY—Nearly one year after the Broken Bow burglaries of EZ IT Solutions and Computers Plus last July, suspect John T. Holmquist made an appearance in Custer County District Court with his attorney David Jorgensen. The 40-year-old Dawson County man pled not guilty to two counts of burglary, class IIA felonies. County Attorney Steve Bowers said the state and defendant may come to a plea agreement and Holmquist is scheduled to appear back in court on August 2. Bowers said Holmquist also faces charges in Dawson County.
On July 2, 2017 EZ IT Co-owners Travis Barker and Justin Coble reported their store was burglarized. Losses totaled nearly $30,000. Computers Plus was also broken into on July 2.
According to an affidavit, Captain Dan Hanson was advised by investigator Brad Butler that on July 12, 2017 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.
According to state statute, burglary is defined when a person “willfully, maliciously, and forcibly breaks and enters any real estate or any improvements erected thereon with intent to commit any felony or with intent to steal property of any value.” Burglary is a class IIA felony with no minimum penalty and a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment.