Aurora kidnapping suspect, John Snorsky, appears in court on theft, false reporting charges

AURORA, Colo. - The man accused of kidnapping an 8-year-old girl in Aurora on Oct. 28 was in court Monday to face charges in an unrelated case.

Police said John Stanley Snorsky, 26, was arrested the day after the kidnapping on a parole violation for an unrelated theft case. Investigators said officers had the probable cause to charge him with the kidnapping on Friday and the arrest warrant was signed Friday evening.

However, Monday's court appearance was for charges of theft and false reporting. 7NEWS obtained the arrest affidavit for that case. It accuses Snorsky of stealing cash and jewelry from his roommate and staging the home to look like it had been burglarized. The roommate told police $14,000 in cash was taken along with $43,000 in jewelry, rare coins and original paintings.

The arrest affidavit said Snorsky was identified as a suspect after he sold items at a variety of pawn stores. On the pawn tickets, Snorsky wrote his name and address -- the same address the items were stolen from, police said.

Bond in the theft and false reporting case was set at $100,000. Bond in the kidnapping case is $600,000.

-- Snorksy's friend speaks out on kidnapping case --

A close friend says Snorksy told her Sunday that he confessed to police that he broke into the home where an 8-year-old girl was taken from her bedroom.

"He would never harm a child," said the woman, who did not want to be identified because she was worried she would "get in trouble."

She has known Snorsky for years and said Snorsky told her on Sunday that he had planned to break into the home, not realizing the little girl was in the bedroom, but that when she screamed, he panicked.

"He was trying to get far enough away that he wouldn't be caught," she said. "He didn't want to kidnap her."

Police said the kidnapper carried the girl out of the house and into an alley where he dropped her before driving away.

Snorsky has a website that says he started a foundation for at-risk children, and in a YouTube clip, he said he wanted to be a "role model" for them.

Snorsky's friend said police took a DNA swab and hair samples from him.

He will make his first appearance in court Monday morning.

-- The kidnapping --

At about 12:15 a.m. on Oct 28, a man cut the screen off an unlocked window on the side of a house on Hanover Street near East 17th Avenue, police said.

The man reached into the ground-floor window and grabbed the girl, pulling her out through the window, investigators said. But as he was running away with the child she was able to scream for help.

The girl's father heard her, ran out of the home and found his daughter running back from the alley behind the house, police said. The girl was checked out at a hospital and suffered very minor injuries, according to police.

The father told police he saw a newer model silver or grey BMW sedan drive off southbound through the alley and then westbound on East 16th Avenue.

Police were looking for a white man with short blond hair.  He was wearing a heavy black winter jacket and had the distinct odor of cigarette smoke, investigators said.