POLICE BRIEFS 12/1/11
Man in jail suffers break-in
Anchorage police said they responded to a report of a burglary at an efficiency apartment above a garage on Jamie Drive in Eagle River on Nov. 20. The tenant, it was later determined, was in jail, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. His landlady called police because she noticed someone had apparently broken into the front door of the apartment and also ripped some trim off the inside of the doorway, Parker said.
Missing: A subwoofer and an old speaker “that was not worth anything” plus maybe the Direct TV cable box, the landlady said.
Found: a credit card belonging to somebody besides the tenant, who is currently on probation for felony theft, Parker said.
In another, unrelated burglary on Nov. 17, a resident of White Spruce Drive in Eagle River came home to see a man parked in his driveway, police said. The man drove away immediately. The resident discovered camera equipment had been stolen, Parker said.
Gas and dash goes crash
Anchorage police said they arrested Robert Bates, 22, of Wasilla on a warrant for second-degree theft and fraudulent use of an access device on Nov. 18 after he stole gas without paying for it at a gas station along the Old Glenn Highway.
Bates gave a “worthless credit card to the gas station clerk, pumped $60 in gas into his vehicle and drove off without paying,” police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. Further information about the circumstances behind Bates’ eventual arrest were not available. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Noise stop becomes drug bust
Anchorage police said they cited and released Juron Smith, 29, of Eagle River for possession of marijuana on Nov. 21 during a traffic stop for a loud stereo at Fred Meyer.
Lock it up
A man who left his car unlocked in the Fred Meyer parking lot on Nov. 22 reported to Anchorage police that someone stole prescription drugs and a GPS from his vehicle.
Alleged prowler slides into cruiser
After a car prowler was reported on Lassen Circle around 1 a.m. on Nov. 23, Anchorage police said they located the suspect vehicle nearby on Inoy Circle. Police arrested Garrett Fitzgerald, 46, identified as an Anchorage and Eagle River resident, for vehicle tampering, second-degree theft of an access device (a credit card), a misdemeanor eluding charge and a probation violation, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said.
As a sergeant stopped Fitzgerald on the slick street, his vehicle bumped the police car but didn’t cause any damage, Parker said. Fitzgerald was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Anchorage police said they arrested Evan Lyerla, 70, of Wasilla for driving under the influence around 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 18 on Eastside Drive after he failed to signal a turn. Lyerla’s estimated blood-alcohol level was at the legal limit, police said. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail.
Police arrested Russell Herrington, 39, of Eagle River the same morning at about 2:45 a.m. after stopping him for speeding on Eagle River Road. Herrington’s estimated blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.
Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.