Two subjects were arrested Friday morning following the theft of a vehicle near 70th Avenue and Raspberry Road.
At just before 4:00 a.m. Friday morning, an employee at Halliburton Energy Services, located at the 6900 block of Arctic Boulevard, called 911 to report the theft of a pick-up truck and 24’ trailer. The employee indicated he had just started the vehicle and was allowing it to warm up. Within minutes, he noticed the vehicle being driven away by unknown persons. The employee got into another vehicle and began pursuing the stolen truck and trailer but lost sight of it before finding it abandoned in the area of Eielson Street and West International Airport Road. Officers quickly set up a perimeter and began searching for the suspects.
K9 Officer Lonnie Brown and K9 Marshall began a track of the suspects from where the vehicle was abandoned. Along their track, they recovered several pieces of property to include a wallet, eyeglasses and a lanyard with keys on it. While the track was in progress, another officer observed two suspicious subjects behind a strip mall near Arctic Boulevard and West International Airport Road. The officer stopped the two subjects and began questioning them. The two subjects had what appeared to be matching shoeprints of those left behind at the abandoned stolen vehicle. While questioning the subjects, the K9 track led directly to the two subjects officers were speaking to.
In addition, while officers were searching the area around where the original vehicle theft occurred, they found several vehicles in the neighboring area that appeared to have been broken into or tampered with. While searching one of the suspects, officers found a credit card not belonging to either individual and it was determined it had been stolen from a parked vehicle prior to the duo stealing the pick-up truck.
Devontay Gordon, 19 of Anchorage, was arrested and charged with 1 count of second degree theft, 1 count of fourth degree criminal mischief, 1 count of fifth degree criminal mischief (riding in a stolen vehicle), 5 counts of fifth degree criminal mischief (tampering with property) and one count of fourth degree misconduct involving weapons. He was remanded to the Anchorage Jail with his bail set at $2,500 cash/corporate plus third party custodian. Gordon was arraigned Friday in Anchorage Jail Court at 2:30 p.m.
The second suspect arrested is a 17-year-old juvenile. He was charged with 1 count of fifth degree criminal mischief and 1 count of first degree vehicle theft. He was remanded to McLaughlin Youth Center.
Anchorage Police encourage residents to keep their vehicles locked at all times and to NEVER leave anything of value in their vehicles. Residents living in the area of 70th Avenue and Arctic Boulevard as far south as 75th Avenue are asked to call the Records Section of the Anchorage Police Department as 786-8600 to file a report if they believe their vehicle may have been broken into.
Source: Anchorage Police Department