Daniel Stewart Cooper
Daniel Stewart Cooper (Boulder County Sheriff's Office)
Boulder police arrested a man early last month that they suspect committed as many as 100 burglaries in the University Hill area between April and September.

Daniel Stewart Cooper, 34, was arrested Sept. 5 after the victim of a residential burglary spotted him in the University Hill area carrying the victim's stolen backpack and laptop, police said Wednesday.

The victim called police and Cooper fled the scene, but officers eventually tracked him down hiding in some bushes on University Avenue, police said. Cooper reportedly fought with police during his arrest, and is facing additional charges in relation to the incident, according to police.

Boulder police said they believe Cooper is responsible for between 50 and 100 burglaries that have taken place on University Hill since April. University Hill is defined as the area between Broadway and Ninth Street and Euclid and University Avenues. 

Investigators believe Cooper would target unlocked residences -- sometimes the same residences multiple times -- usually looking for drugs, but stealing electronics or other valuable items if available.

Once inside the residences, Cooper would help himself to food, alcohol, clean clothes and would even use the shower, police said.  In many cases, residents were home and asleep when Cooper entered, police said. In a few instances, Cooper was confronted during his burglaries, but pretended to know someone at the home and in each case was allowed to leave peacefully without the residents calling police.

Police believe there are 34 burglaries that can be attributed to Cooper that have yet to be reported.

Cooper also is suspected of committing unlawful sexual contact against an adult female and being involved in several motor vehicle thefts, police said. The Boulder County District Attorney's Office is processing vehicle theft charges against Cooper.

Cooper is facing 23 counts of second-degree burglary, four counts of second-degree assault on a police officer, one count of possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and one count of unlawful sexual contact, among other charges. 

He is being held at the Boulder County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Anyone with information about these burglaries is asked to contact Detective Kristin Weisbach at 303-441-4474.

Those who wish to provide information anonymously may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimeshurt.com. Tips submitted through Crime Stoppers that lead to the filing of charges on a suspect may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.