Copper Thefts Net 14-Year Sentence

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers today announced that Timothy Allan Nolan (DOB 8/15/69) has been sentenced to 14 years in state prison for his role in a series of copper thefts. The sentence was handed down by Adams County District Court Chief Judge Harlan R. Bockman after Nolan pled guilty to violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act. Nolan was indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury in January of 2007 for allegedly stealing nearly 33,000 pounds of copper and other metals from businesses in Denver, Longmont, and Northglenn, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage in the process.

“Theft of copper has become a significant problem in Colorado and this case reflects the fact that law enforcement and the courts are reacting appropriately,” commented Attorney General Suthers. “Mr. Nolan has received a proper punishment for his part in these crimes, and justice appears to have been served.”

Three of Nolan’s codefendants – Gary Duane Buechler, Sarah “Sally” Smith, and Nicole Renee Wight – have pled not guilty and will be tried for their alleged connection with these thefts in early November. It should be noted, any indictment is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty. The fourth codefendant, Todd Wallace Gay, has pled guilty and will be sentenced on August 28. The Adams County District Attorney, Boulder County District Attorney, and Colorado Attorney General’s Office worked cooperatively to prosecute Timothy Nolan.

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