Notorious Eagle River teen accused of trying to pawn stolen gold nugget

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 17:00
  • Austin Michael Sala (courtesy APD)

An Eagle River man accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint in an Eagle River park last spring has been arrested for attempting to pawn a stolen gold nugget.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, Austin Sala, 19, was arrested Monday afternoon at an Eagle River pawn shop after he tried to sell parts of a gold nugget that was stolen last Friday from a display case at the Wells Fargo Bank headquarters in Anchorage. Sala was arrested on an outstanding warrant for weapons misconduct and assault. He was additionally charged with first- and second-degree theft.

Police said Sala was arrested after an employee of Gold Buyers of Alaska in Eagle River called police to report three people were trying to sell pieces of a gold nugget. Officers arrived and contacted Sala, who was taken into custody.

In April of 2018, Sala was arrested after he allegedly robbed a woman during a drug deal in Schroeder Park in Eagle River. Court records show Sala was originally charged with first-degree robbery but eventually convicted of third-degree theft. He’s also facing weapons misconduct and assault charges for an incident that allegedly occurred in Wasilla in December in which he’s accused of firing a gun at a dwelling.

Police said they don’t believe Sala stole the gold nugget himself; the suspect in the actual theft is described as a while male between 35 and 40 years old, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with long brown hair.

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