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If you have any information about these crimes or any person(s) involved, you are urged to log on to our Tips Website at http://juneaucrimeline.com and submit a Web Tip .  You do not have to give your name.  CRIME LINE will pay a cash reward of up to $1000 if your tips provides results and, you can remain anonymous if you choose. 

10/10/2014 - Car Rifling on Cinema Drive

On September 27, 2014, at about 10:15 in the evening, a woman reported someone had entered her vehicle and taken an Apple Macbook and a Yamaha trumpet. There were no signs of forced entry. The theft happened while the woman was at the movie theater at 9091 Cinema Drive.

JPD would like to remind movie-goers that their vehicles are an attractive target since thieves know the person will be gone for a defined period of time. Those drivers should take extra precautions to make sure vehicles are locked and not to leave valuables within view if someone were to look into the car. One option is to lock valuables in the trunk of a car, which is much more difficult for thieves to access and usually won`t be accidentally left unlocked as can happen with passenger doors.

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10/3/2014 - Missing Vehicle
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On September 16th, 2014, a 31 year old Juneau woman rented a 2014 white Chevrolet Impala from a company at the Juneau International Airport. The car rental was for one day but the vehicle has not been returned as of October 3rd, 2014. Officers of the Juneau Police Department have not been able to locate the car or the woman who rented it, Tiffany Spaulding. Multiple associates of Spaulding have been contacted and denied knowing the location of the vehicle or Spaulding. Those associates did not report Spaulding as being missing or endangered but JPD officers would like to confirm that she is safe.

JPD would like the public’s assistance is finding both Spaulding and the car. The license plate on the vehicle is GTC565.

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9/26/2014 - Storage Unit Theft on Airport Blvd

Between Wednesday and Thursday evening this week, on or about September 25th, 2014, someone broke into a storage unit in the 8600block of Airport Boulevard. The items stolen include a Heritage .22 pistol and checkbooks. The suspect also took a ‘Bear’ compound bow and a ‘Parker’ compound bow. Also missing is a survival suit with the initials (KM) written inside.

The suspect also took several Coleman sleeping bags, a Cabela’s brand black down coat, a set of Helly Hanson commercial grade rain gear, and two military style Gerber knives.

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9/19/2014 - Costco BurglarySOLVED
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On September 17th, at about 10:34 in the evening, officers of the Juneau Police Department (JPD) responded to an alarm at Costco. Responding officers found the jewelry case inside Costco had been broken open and about $40,000 worth of jewelry taken. A witness reported seeing a male suspect wearing a green Carhartt style coat and having short, brown hair fleeing the area carrying items in his arms.

Officers searched the area and found a new watch, apparently dropped by the suspect, between Costco and a building containing two businesses near the automotive service end of Costco.

The first alarms went off when the suspect broke into the jewelry case. It appears the suspect had hidden inside the store prior to closing.

JPD is releasing several pictures of the stolen jewelry, including a photo of a $4,000 dollar men’s watch.

A Juneau woman did post watches for sale on a Facebook page called Juneau Buy-Sell within hours of the burglary. A JPD Detective has examined those watches and they are not from Costco and were legitimately acquired. No further tips about that posting are needed.

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9/12/2014 - Tool Theft on Thunder Mountain Road

On August 26th, 2014, at about 5:30 in the morning, a Juneau man reported tools valued at $4300 dollars were taken from his shed in the 8400 block of Thunder Mountain Road. Also taken was a one of a kind gray Carhartt coat with "F/V Brittany" embroidered on the back. The suspect was last seen wearing the coat and riding a bicycle.

Some of the tools were recovered from a field near the victim`s house. The victim is still missing a Senco Pro 455XP nail gun, a Stihl Chainsaw, and a Milwaukee right angle drill. The suspect also took a Johnson laser level, a Fluke electric meter, and DeWalt cordless tool set with multiple attachments including drill, saw, and hammer drill.

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9/5/2014 - Burglary on Thane Road
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On August 26, 2014, at about 8:40 in the evening, a Juneau woman reported her home in the 4700 block of Thane Road had been burglarized during the prior twenty-four hours. The investigation showed someone likely used a tool to pry open the back door of the residence. Multiple jewelry items were taken, totaling about $25,000 in value.

Some of the jewelry items taken were distinctive, there is a tennis bracelet with diamonds around the entire length with “S” shaped links. There are earrings with an eagle’s head. There is a gold and diamond pendant in the shape of an eye. That necklace also has matching earrings. Also missing is an eagle design silver bracelet made by artist Norman Jackson. The suspect took an anniversary ring with one large stone in the center and smaller stones set in a ‘braid’ pattern around the ring. A picture of a very similar ring is being released so that citizens can watch for that item.

JPD would like citizens to be aware of anyone they meet who currently has a large amount of jewelry to sell without and adequate explanation. That jewelry could include the pieces noted above and multiple other pieces stolen from the residence.

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8/29/2014 - Assault on Front Street
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On August 23rd, 2014, at about 3:00 in the morning, the Juneau Police Department received a report there was a fight in front of a bar in the 200 block of Front Street. A caller reported a man was injured and was unconscious and bleeding from the mouth. The caller said bystanders were telling her not to call the police. The victim, a 27 year old man, was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment.

Responding officers talked to about twenty people in the area and all claimed to have not seen the fight. Capital City Fire and Rescue along with bar employees rendered assistance to the victim.

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8/22/2014 - Theft of a Gold Nugget on Front StreetSOLVED
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UPDATE 8/25/14

The picture of the suspect who took a gold nugget from a downtown Juneau jewelry store generated a great deal of attention over the weekend and multiple tips about the suspect`s identity. One of the people interested in the press was the suspect himself who called the jewelry store and provided a credit card number to pay for the gold nugget. Investigators will now work with the prosecutor`s office, examine the suspect`s criminal record, and do additional research to determine what, if any criminal charges, will be filed. Tipsters quoted a Facebook account that put the suspect, a former Juneau resident, in Juneau to fish the annual derby. His name is not being released pending a decision about charges.


On August 10th, 2014, at about 7:30 in the evening a man who appeared to be in his sixties took a gold nugget worth almost five thousand dollars from a jewelry store in the 200 block of Front Street. The man took the nugget from a display case, appeared to try and get the clerks attention, then put the nugget in his pocket and left the store.

An employee of the store says the same man made a purchase the day before providing the name of George Bentsen for that transaction. JPD patrol officers have been unable to locate a George Bentsen in Juneau.

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8/8/2014 - Vehicle Burglary near Outer Point

On 8/5/14, at approximately 11:00 AM, a tour operator reported that a van parked on North Douglas near Outer Point had been illegally entered. Several items were stolen from the van including backpacks, electronics, money, and personal identification.

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8/1/2014 - Vandalism at Dzantiki Heeni Middle SchoolSOLVED


On 08/01/2014, JPD officers were able to identify the 5 juveniles who entered DZMS and caused the damage. Parents of the juveniles contact JPD to report that their children might have been involved with the incident. The juveniles were identified as a 16 year old male, a 10 year old male, an 8 year old male, a 7 year old male, and a 6 year old male. Interviews with the juveniles have either occurred, or are pending.

No further assistance is required by the public.


On July 26th, 2014, at about 8:30 in the evening a group of five or six children, ranging in age from seven to thirteen years old appear to have been involved in causing a small explosion behind Dzantiki Heeni Middle School. The explosion was from a black nylon bag with the brand label of Trailmaker Equipment. The cans inside consisted of three cans of Axe body spray and one can of Old Spice spray. The bag had been set on fire which caused the cans to explode.

The same group of children is believed to have been involved in entering the school causing damage to a window that will cost a thousand dollars to repair. The suspects also appear to have pried open a vending machine, taking snacks. Wrappers matching the snacks taken were later found at the athletic fields.

The suspects were recorded by surveillance cameras. Because of the youth of the suspects those pictures are not being released to the public. The Juneau Police Department is instead hoping to identify an adult who is familiar with the children who live in the area of the school. JPD hopes that adult will volunteer to try and help JPD identify the children so that appropriate contact with the parents, the school administrators where the children attend school, and juvenile justice authorities can happen.

JPD would also ask that parents who live in the area of the school ask their own kids about who is responsible for the incident. JPDtype of behavior will discuss what happened and will tell other children.

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