POLICE BRIEFS 3/1/12
No suspects in trio of strange break-ins
A resident of Hearthstone Drive in Chugiak came home mid-afternoon on Feb. 15 to find a strange man in the house, Anchorage police said. The man said his name was Chris Michaels, and explained that another resident owed him money, according to a police report filed by Officer James Dokken. The man left as the resident started calling 911, walked twice past the home, then passed by one more time in a green Ford Aerostar van, the report said. The resident looked around for the suspect, and saw him walking up to the door of a residence on Sparkle Drive. Officers, however, couldn’t find the man in the area.
The resident went home, according to the report. He and his roommate found “multiple items which had been moved into a backpack in the home as if to take them out of the home,” Dokken wrote. The resident also couldn’t find two gold watches missing from his bedroom; one was a pocket watch and the other a wristwatch, together valued at $560. His roommate said he didn’t know anybody named Chris and didn’t owe anybody any money.
The next day, on Feb. 16, a resident of Sparkle Drive reported that someone entered her bedroom through a window and stole her cat’s prescription medicine. No suspects were located in that one, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. Asked if the two burglaries were connected — what with Sparkle Drive popping up in both — Parker said there was “no apparent relationship.”
Three days later, on Feb. 19, a resident of Birchwood Loop Road told police that she arrived home around 7 p.m. to find her door kicked in. The woman’s dog was limping, Parker said. There was no more information available about that report.
Another gravel-spewing vandal
Anchorage police said that Pyramid Computers suffered a broken window after someone in the parking lot spun out and sent flying gravel into the glass on Feb. 21. Last week, several businesses reported similar damage with the same cause. Businesses drop gravel their parking lots to provide traction for vehicles.
Anchorage police said they arrested Brian Wilkinson, 31, of Eagle River for driving under the influence at 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 after stopping him for driving slowly in the fast lane of the Glenn Highway and drifting in and out of his lane. According to police, Wilkinson’s estimated blood-alcohol levels were well over the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.
In another DUI arrest, police said they arrested Marva Koncaba, 38, of Eagle River at 2 a.m. on Feb. 20 after she failed to stop when entering Regency Drive and failed to use a turn signal. Koncaba’s estimated blood-alcohol level was below the legal limit. She was lodged at Anchorage Jail; no bail amount was listed. Police have said they run sobriety tests that can also check for substances other than alcohol, and follow up with blood tests by search warrant or consent. It’s up to municipal prosecutors to decide whether to file charges in any DUI case.
Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.