A Bellevue woman has been charged with two felonies, burglary and stalking, following an investigation by the Hailey Police Department that determined she had been stalking and stealing items from a Hailey resident.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Hailey Police Department Detective Todd Peck, the alleged victim called police on Oct. 7 to report a burglary. The alleged victim reported a stolen laptop, wristwatch and reading glasses. The affidavit went on to state that the alleged victim suspected Kimberly Ann Koch, 54, had stolen the items.
The alleged victim also said he believed Koch was stalking him after he had seen her on several occasions bike by his home and after other people had informed him that Koch had been seen on numerous occasions near his home, the report states. The alleged victim also said he would seek a civil protection order against Koch.
The civil protection order was issued on Oct. 10, at which time Peck made contact with Koch to explain the protection order and to ask about the alleged victim’s missing property. According to the affidavit, Koch said she was not involved with the missing items and acknowledged that she biked by the alleged victim’s home often.
On Oct. 12, the alleged victim contacted law enforcement to inform them that his laptop had been returned sometime between the evening of Oct. 11 and the early morning of Oct. 12, the report states.
During that time, Peck had requested video surveillance footage of a local bank that bordered the property of the alleged victim in order to see if there was anything suspicious caught on camera. On Oct. 16, the bank provided the footage that depicted a Caucasian woman fitting Koch’s height and physical appearance trying to enter the alleged victim’s rear fence property on Oct. 11 around 8:30 p.m.
On Oct. 18, Peck again interviewed Koch, at which time she allegedly admitted that she had taken the items from the alleged victims’ home and had since returned them. According to the affidavit, she said the alleged victim’s home was locked but she refused to explain how she got into the residence to steal the items. Koch was arrested for the felony charges.
She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 29, at which time sufficient evidence must be presented for the case to proceed to district court. If convicted, Koch faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.