Police ID woman arrested at downtown Eagle River credit union

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:02
  • Anchorage Police officers arrest a woman they say tried to pass a stolen check at the Mat-Su Valley Federal Credit Union before attempting to speed off in a stolen car on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Anchorage police said a woman driving this car tried to pass a stolen check at the Mat-Su Valley Federal Credit Union branch in downtown Eagle River on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Anchorage Police officers arrest a woman they say tried to pass a stolen check at the Mat-Su Valley Federal Credit Union before attempting to speed off in a stolen car on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

UPDATE (Friday, Sept. 22): The woman arrested Thursday, Sept. 21 was identified Friday by Anchorage Police as 23-year-old Brandy L. Nolcini. Court records show Nolcini was released the same day she was arrested and is currently free on $3,000 cash/corporate bail. Records show that at the time of her arrest Thursday in Eagle River, Nolcini was out on $250 bail for a misdemeanor case filed Sept. 17. Charging documents were pending in both cases as of Friday, Sept. 22.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A woman was arrested Thursday, Sept. 21 after driving a stolen vehicle while attempting to pass a stolen check in the drive-through of a downtown Eagle River credit union.

The call first came in at 3:48 p.m., when the Mat-Su Federal Credit Union on Business Boulevard reported a woman trying to pass the stolen check in a drive-through lane, according to a spokeswoman for the Anchorage Police Department. A check of the license plate revealed the woman was allegedly driving a stolen car, too.

As officers responded to the scene, the woman attempted to drive away, striking part of the drive-through with the stolen vehicle, police said. She didn’t get far, and officers arrested her in the rainy parking lot. As bystanders looked on, officers cuffed the woman’s hands and feet and loaded her into the back of a patrol car head-first.

The heavy police presence — at least eight cop cars arrived to the parking lot — caused quite a commotion in downtown Eagle River, with several passersby stopping to gawk at the scene.

Neighborhood resident Todd Heineinger said he’s noticed a significant increase in crime in the area, mostly petty theft of easily pawned items.

“Crime has been off the hook lately,” said Heineinger as he watched police load the woman into a patrol car.

Heineinger placed the blame for the perceived jump in crime on SB91, a crime bill passed two years ago designed to lower prison costs.

“Crime has just shot up,” he said. “They’ve been stealing stuff like crazy.”

The credit union was temporarily closed Thursday afternoon, with a sign on the door apologizing to members for the inconvenience. A woman who answered the door at the credit union said she wasn’t authorized to speak with the media about the situation.

The woman had yet to be publicly identified Thursday afternoon pending formal charges, according to APD.

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