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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. 


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.

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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

UPDATE:

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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7/25/2014 - Storage Unit Theft on Salmon Creek Lane

On July 17th, 2014, at about 5:50 in the afternoon, a 50 year old Juneau man reported someone had broken into his storage unit in the 1000 block of Salmon Creek Lane. Five firearms, four of them shotguns, were taken. The break in could have happened as early as March but likely happened shortly before July 14th, when a private security officer noticed the unit was unsecured and placed a lock on the door. The victim had put his possessions in a storage unit while working out of town.

One firearm taken was a 20 gauge Benelli over and under with a unique blue foldable gun case that was locked. Another shotgun taken was an Ithaca 12 gauge side by side. There was also a Remington 20 gauge semi-auto shotgun and a Mossberg pump action shotgun taken. The last firearm taken was a very old .22 rifle.

The victim is also missing a bag of hockey gear including skates, pads, and a helmet. The suspect additionally took a black and silver racing bicycle, Tubbs brand snow shoes, and even a double mattress.

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7/18/2014 - Fuel Theft on North Douglas Highway

On July 5th, 2014, at about 2:30 in the afternoon, a 33 year old Juneau man reported someone had siphoned or attempted to siphon fuel from his vehicle and a neighbors vehicle. The man also said his fuel door received about $150 damage from being pulled open.

A Juneau Police Department officer responded and found fresh tire and shoe tracks in the area, believed to be from the suspect. Those tracks were photographed. The shoes are size 11.5 or 12 with a herringbone pattern down each side with a recessed crosshatch pattern down the center. The tire tracks showed small squares and the vehicle was probably a smaller car.

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7/11/2014 - Hit & Run on Nancy Street

On July 8th, 2014, at about 5:50 in the morning, an anonymous caller reported a vehicle had crashed into three electrical boxes and a mailbox stand in the 8800 block of Nancy Street. The Juneau Police Department is asking for the public`s assistance in locating the person responsible for the hit and run. The vehicle involved will likely be a passenger car and it will have noticeable front end damage as a light and trim were left at the scene.

The cost to repair the damage will be approximately $7300.

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7/4/2014 - Burglary on North Street

On July 4th, 2014, at about 12:30 in the morning, a 38 year old Juneau man reported someone had burglarized his home while he was downtown on the night of the third. The man found the hinges broken off a back door into the garage when he returned home shortly after midnight. The burglary happened in the 5800 block of North Street, which is in the Lemon Creek area.

The Juneau Police Department is asking for people to be watching for the suspicious possession or sale of several items from the home. There are two ceramic jewelry boxes associated with this theft. The suspect may be in possession of two dollar bills and collectable silver coins. The specific items of jewelry stolen were a Tlingit design, a platinum ring with several small diamonds in a row, a sliver bracelet with flower designs and a single gold earring with a blue stone.

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