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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. 

10/31/2014 - Stolen Van on Brandy Lane
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Sometime between October 17th and October 20th, 2014, someone took a 1992 Toyota mini-van, gray in color and with a hatchback, from in front of a storage unit on Brandy Lane. The vehicle was found in the Fred Meyer parking lot by a Juneau Police Department Community Service Officer on October 21, at about 2:00 in the afternoon.

The discovery may have caused the suspect to abandon the vehicle before he or she planned. There was a great deal of personal property in the vehicle that either belonged to the suspect or was stolen in other incidents. One such item is a worn men’s extra- large black leather jacket which was collected along with other clothing.

This suspect is also likely to be associated with drug use as multiple syringes were found in the vehicle. Officers have collected fingerprints and DNA, which are being analyzed. The case is of particular interest to JPD as there have been multiple recent thefts in the area around Industrial Boulevard. These crimes may all be associated with one person or a small group of individuals.

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10/24/2014 - Stolen Truck Door on Industrial Avenue
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A teenage boy and his father’s project took a negative turn when someone stole the door off the pickup the two had been fixing. The door was taken between the evening of October 17th and the morning of October 18th, 2014, while parked at the corner of Industrial Avenue and Crazy Horse Drive. The pair who was working on the truck had been borrowing a commercial shop in the area to work on a transmission repair.

During the incident the windshield of the truck was also broken. The total cost of the damages is $3500.

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10/17/2014 - Multiple Gas Siphonings

Between September 18th and the 24th, several Juneau residents reported gas siphoned from vehicles. There was 44 gallons taken from the 1900 block of Lemon Creek Road, 40 gallons from the 1700 block of Glacier Highway and 5 gallons from the 4200 block of North Douglas.

All of the vehicles involved were built in the mid-1990s. Vehicles built after 2000 often have a valve that shuts off gas if a vehicle rolls. The valve is a fire protection device that also prevents someone from pushing a hose into the gasoline. JPD recommends drivers of vehicles built before the year 2000 consider a locking gas cap, especially if gas has already been stolen. Thieves will tend to return to a vehicle where they have previously been successful.

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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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