LEADVILLE, COLORADO – Michael Robert Leake, 50, of Aurora, Colorado, surrendered on a felony warrant issued yesterday related to a criminal complaint filed March 29, 2016 in the Lake County District Court, charging fourteen felony counts including: Theft, Embezzlement, Forgery and several acts of pawning firearms belonging to the Leadville Police Department at Englewood and Aurora pawn shops during 2013-2015.
Leake, the former Leadville Chief of Police, resigned his position in December 2015. On Jan. 14, the Office of the District Attorney initiated an investigation with the assistance of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
The charged counts include class four, five and six felonies, punishable by a maximum time of imprisonment in the Department of Corrections of six years, three years, and eighteen months, respectively.
“These charges allege comprehensive violations of the very laws he was bound to uphold and keep,” said District Attorney Bruce Brown. “The public’s trust, clearly broken here will be mended through a legal process which has now begun,” Brown added. Brown noted that, “Throughout this investigation all members of the current Leadville Police Department and City Government have been extremely cooperative.”
Leake served in the position of Leadville Police Department Chief since 2009.
Note: All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until the contrary is proven in a court of law.