An Anchorage woman allegedly crashed a stolen Lexus near Eklutna. It’s her third vehicle theft charge since August.
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A 34-year-old Anchorage woman already facing two separate stolen vehicle charges in the past year allegedly stole a Lexus from Clark Middle School in Anchorage and crashed it in the Chugiak area last week.
Katie J. Jones was arrested on charges of first-degree vehicle theft, violating conditions of release and leaving the scene of a collision following the Jan. 15 incident. She was also cited for driving without insurance and driving while license revoked.
Court records show Jones was also charged with first-degree (felony) vehicle theft on Aug. 11 in Soldotna and on Dec. 4 in Anchorage; she was released from custody in the December case on Jan. 6 after posting a $1,500 cash bail.
As of Tuesday, online database showed Jones was being held at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in lieu of a $1,500 cash performance bond with an electronic monitoring requirement if released.
According to the Anchorage Police Department, officers were called to the area of Dena’ina Elders Road near Eklutna at around 4:43 p.m. for a report of a vehicle prowler. When an officer got near the area, he spotted a woman who matched the description of the prowler as she was trying to flag down cars on the Glenn Highway. Police said the officer determined the woman had been driving a Lexus when she lost control and struck a light pole.
During their investigation, police said they found the registered owner of the Lexus, who was in the process of reporting it stolen from the parking lot of Clark Middle School when it was located.
Stolen vehicle located
On Jan. 13 at around 3 a.m. a gray 2018 Toyota was stolen from in front of a residence on Celestial Street. Police said that six days later, the vehicle was found stuck in a ditch while running and unoccupied.
Domestic violence assaults reported
On Jan. 13 at around 8:14 p.m. police were called for a report of a disturbance and found Jeremy D. Ruegge, 40, of Eagle River allegedly assaulted his wife causing visible injuries to her face. Ruegge was arrested on two counts of domestic violence assault. Court records show he posted a $500 bond Jan. 15 and was released.
On Jan. 20 at around 7:29 p.m. police said they received a report that a woman and her boyfriend were in an altercation while drinking. Police said they found Stella M. Oscar-Standifer, 39, of Chugiak allegedly struck a man in the face causing injuries. She was arrested for domestic violence assault
Robbery victims reluctant to share details
On Jan. 20 at around 3:34 p.m. police took a report from two males who told them their cell phones were stolen during a drug deal a month before. Police said the victims of the robbery refused to provide further information about the incident.
On Jan. 16 at around 2:11 p.m. police received a report that a detached garage outside a home on Needles Loop had been entered and several items were stolen from inside. Police said there was no sign of forced entry.
Burglar breaks into home while owners sleep
On Jan. 21 at around 1:29 a.m. police said they received a report that someone entered an unlocked garage door on S. Birchwood Loop and stole several items from inside the home while the homeowners were asleep inside. Police said the homeowners were awakened when the suspect drove away.