UPDATE: Police arrest wanted man at local VFW

Monday, July 15, 2019 - 18:31
  • Erik A. Bove-Thomson (APD photo)

Items in the police briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping page. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

UPDATE: Police said on Monday a man wanted for allegedly burglarizing his former home was arrested in Eagle River after a tip from a citizen.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad, on July 11 police dispatch reveived a tip Erik A. Bove-Thomson was at the Eagle River VFW. Officers arrived and arrested him at around 2:23 p.m., Oistad said.

Court records show Bove-Thomson was arraigned July 12 on charges of first-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief. He posted a $1,000 bond and was released.


Police are looking for a man who allegedly vandalised a home he previously owned.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, on July 1 Erik A. Bove-Thomson went to a home he previously owned on Mink Creek Drive while the owners were away and turned on the outside water valve, which caused water to enter the home due to a broken pipe. Bove-Thomson also allegedly went into the house and damaged an appliance and the fireplace.

Police obtained a warrant for first-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief against Bove-Thomson, a white male who is 6-foot-3 and weighs 175 pounds with graying brown hair and blue eyes.

Shots reported

On July 1 at around 1:52 p.m. police received a report from a woman who said she was walking her dogs on the power line near Glacier View Drive when she heard shots fired. Police arrived but could find no suspects.

Honda stolen

On June 2 police received a report that a 1998 green Honda Civic was stolen overnight from a residence on Heritage Court. Police said the owner had the keys in her possession. As of Tuesday the vehicle had not been recovered.

Man flees police stop, gets arrested anyway

A man who allegedly fled from a July 3 police stop by driving into oncoming traffic near the intersection of Artillery Road and Mausel Street was arrested a short time later.

According to police, Christopher R. Barton, 32, was driving a blue Honda Civic with expired tags when an officer tried to pull him over by turning on his emergency lights. Instead of stopping, Barton allegedly sped off into traffic, which caused the officer to discontinue his pursuit.

Police said backup units arrived and officers located the Honda abandoned in the street. Police located Barton and a female passenger walking in the area and arrested Barton for reckless driving, failure to stop and two outstanding felony warrants. He was also issued citations for expired tags, driving with a suspended license and failure to show proof of insurance.

Naked woman taken to hospital

On July 3 at around 7:18 p.m. a naked woman was spotted walking down the sidewalk of the Old Glenn Highway near Eleonora Street. Police said she was taken to the hospital for mental health treatment.

Two arrested for domestic violence

On July 5 at around 8:44 p.m. police received a report of a man and woman arguing at Taco Bell. Police said bystanders said they saw Donovan J. Colbry II, 36, of Eagle River reaching into the vehicle where the woman was, and an off-duty detective driving by also witnessed the altercation. Police said the detective detained Colbry until patrol officers arrived, at which time Colbry was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault.

On July 7 at around 6:42 a.m. police arrested Tyler J. Skeel, 39, of Eagle River for domestic violence assault after he allegedly got into a fight with his girlfriend.

Food stolen

On July 8 at around 9:34 a.m. police said they received a report that someone entered the State of Alaska Parks Maintenance building on VFW Road in Eagle River and ate some food inside. Nothing else appeared to have been taken, police said.

On July 8 at around 7 p.m. police received a report that someone entered an unlocked cabin on the Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak and stole some food.

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