POLICE BEAT: String of break-ins that started in Eagle River ends in Anchorage arrest
Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
At 5:38 a.m. on Friday, March 2, an APD officer saw a male walking across the street in the area of Tudor and Wright in Anchorage. The male was wearing clothing that matched the description of a suspect in several recent burglaries.
The officer kept his eye on the male while waiting for backup units to arrive. While waiting for more officers, the male got into a GMC pickup that began to drive without headlights or taillights. The truck then abruptly turned into a parking space on the 4500-block of Wright Street. By then another officer had arrived and the patrol cars blocked in the GMC.
The two male occupants were taken into custody without incident and transported to APD for further questioning by detectives. One of the men was released without being charged. The other, 29-year-old Kyle Poitry, was subsequently transported to the Anchorage Jail. He was charged with four counts of Burglary II, six counts of Criminal Mischief III, two counts of Theft III, and Theft IV.
Poitry was charged in a string of burglaries that started earlier that week in Eagle River.
According to APD, at 5:06 a.m. on Feb. 27, officers responded to an alarm in Eagle River. It was discovered that the front glass doors to both Pho and Thai Cuisine and A Touch of Sun Tanning Studio were broken. Items were stolen from at least one of the businesses.
The next day, at 4:55 a.m. on Feb. 28, officers responded to an alarm in Eagle River. The front glass door of Laundry Basket Dry Cleaners had been broken and items had been stolen from inside.
About three hours later, at 7:33 a.m., officers responded to Layne’s Art and Frame in the Government Hill neighborhood regarding a burglary. An employee discovered the front glass door had been broken and items had been stolen from inside.
While investigating the above-mentioned burglary, the officer was flagged down by another Government Hill business owner. Someone had attempted to break the glass door to Lee’s Alterations but were unsuccessful in gaining entry.
Less than three hours later, at 10:01 a.m., officers responded to an attempted burglary at Motion and Flow Control Products (located off Post Road). A window to the business had been smashed and an attempt was made to pry and kick the door open. No entry was made.
A boyfriend and girlfriend got into an argument over a cell phone around 3:30 a.m. on March 2. The female half alleged that she was shoved and hit by the male half. There were no physical injuries and no independent witnesses to the incident. No charges were filed.
The boyfriend is on probation; Adult Probations was notified of his involvement.
At 6:41 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, the sergeant of the Impaired Driving Enforcement Unit was off-duty but heading in to work on the Glenn Highway in his marked patrol car. A Mazda Tribute, traveling outbound on the Glenn Highway between the Eagle River exits, lost control and hit the center median with such force that it almost entered the inbound lanes of the Glenn, narrowly missing the police vehicle which was in the far left lane on the inbound side.
In order to avoid the collision, the sergeant had to brake abruptly and shift to the right-hand side of his lane. There was another vehicle in the inbound middle lane making it impossible for the sergeant to safely abandon his lane.
60-year-old Robert H. Einarsen JR was arrested and charged with felony Operating Under the Influence (three or more OUI convictions in 10 years) and Driving While License Revoked. Neither Einarsen nor his adult male passenger were injured.
That escalated quickly
An officer was flagged down around 2 a.m. on March 4 by a citizen who stated there was a vehicle stuck in the ditch; the driver appeared to be intoxicated. The officer located the Ford pickup and identified the driver as 31-year-old Jacob J. Hickey of Chugiak. Hickey was arrested and transported to the jail for OUI processing.
Hickey refused to provide a breath sample. After the officer was granted a search warrant for Hickey’s blood, Hickey fought with both the officers and the phlebotomist. Hickey also spit on one of the officers. Hickey threatened the arresting officers with physical harm. Hickey was remanded and charged with Operating Under the Influence, Refusal, Tampering with Evidence, and Harassment.
Both the front door and interior door of Candy’s Cleaners were broken; items were stolen from inside. When officers responded to that burglary they noticed the door to Dr K Vision Center had been damaged (no entry into the business was made) and the door to Stitch in Time Alterations had been damaged.
Entry was made into the alterations business; it is unknown what was taken at this time.
A GMC Sierra was parked in the owner’s driveway overnight when it was stolen. The vehicle was locked and there were no keys inside. As of this time, the vehicle has not yet been recovered.