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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. 


5/8/2015 - Burglary and Theft Downtown Ongoing Investigation
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The Juneau Police Department is asking the public to help with two burglaries and thefts that involved an on-foot suspect pushing carts in downtown Juneau during the night of May 5th to the morning of May 6th. A suspect has been arrested for half of the potential charges but more information is being sought on his or another suspect

At about 8:30 a.m., on May 6th, a citizen reported to JPD that it seemed it seemed suspicious a man was pushing a shopping cart full of copper sheets down a hill and through an alley near the Salvation Army building. The citizen making the report said there is a house with copper shingles on Eighth Street. A few minutes later an animal control officer reported he found a shopping cart containing the sheets of copper on Village Street and there is blood on the copper.

The homeowner on Eighth Street, who is having roof work done, was contacted and checked his construction supplies finding copper shingles were missing and there was blood in the area where the shingles had been stored. He said he and his wife did hear their dog responding to something, they thought a bear, the night of May 5th at about 10:30 p.m..

In the same area as the shingles in the shopping cart a Village Street resident reported finding a cart that appeared to be a device for spraying fluid. That cart was identified as one stolen from the construction site at Centennial Hall the same night the shingles were taken. That cart mixes fluid for roofing and is worth $6,000, if you are a roofer. It has little value except for being used for roofing work.

32 year old Shelton Harlan Gleaton, volunteered to the responding officers that he had found the shingles on Village Street. Gleaton`s hands were bloody and he matched the caller`s description of the man pushing the shopping cart. He was arrested for Burglary in the First Degree, a class B felony, and Theft in the Second Degree, a class C felony. The areas of blood were swabbed and are being tested. No one has been charged with the theft from the construction site at this time.

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5/1/2015 - Recent Developments: Fake Quarters
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On April 29, 2015, twenty rolls of fake quarters, really all-thread pipe, were turned in to the Juneau Police Department. Earlier this month a business owner had gotten what he thought was a roll of quarters from Wells Fargo in the Mendenhall Valley in Juneau. He later found he had a piece of all-thread pipe in a quarter wrapper with one real quarter on each end. When he returned the item to the bank, staff remembered the Crime Line report from April 16 that referenced pipe in quarter wrappers as part of a fraud. A bank employee began an internal review and found the branch was in possession of a total of 20 fake rolls of quarters. The bank staff traced the fraud to a man who brought the rolls in on April 6th. The bank is in the process of recovering surveillance video from that transaction.

JPD is asking banks and businesses to examine their rolls of quarters. Based on the investigation, it is possible there are 50 or more of the rolls still at large. The longer it takes to discover the fraud the more likely it is that evidence, like surveillance video, will be lost.

****************Update***************Update*************Update*********Craig Allan Porter was taken into custody without incident yesterday afternoon when he was found on the ferry M/V Kennicott as it docked in Ketchikan. He was traveling under a false name.

This Crime Line request for information was posted about 10:00 a.m. on April 16, 2015. By 11:45 a.m., JPD had received an anonymous tip that Porter had left Juneau on a ferry the previous afternoon bound for Bellingham. That ferry was scheduled to dock in Ketchikan about an hour after the tip came in. JPD contacted the Ketchikan Police Department and asked for an agency assist as well as coordinating with ferry security. At about 12:45 p.m., KPD officers met the just docked ferry and contacted a man matching Porter’s description. Their investigation revealed that the name and identification the man had was false and he false information to law enforcement. Additional charges stemming from open cases in Juneau are also expected.

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Officers of the Juneau Police Department have been looking for 29 year old Craig Allan Porter in connection with a string of frauds and thefts that started in late March and continued into last week. Porter now has a $5,000 warrant stemming from two charges of forgery. Porter is a person of interest in several additional cases.

Current investigations show Porter used financial information from a former employer to buy 24 feet of one inch diameter threaded pipe. In a later case, a piece of threaded pipe was found in a wrapper meant for quarters. An associate of Porter’s tried to use the pipe in a wrapper at a local store. JPD asks that any business taking rolled quarters check the contents of the wrapper carefully before accepting the quarters. If this tactic is found again, please retain the item and call JPD.

Porter tried to leave Juneau 4-13-15 and fled when questioned by a JPD officer stationed at the airport. The current $5,000 warrant issued the next day.

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4/17/2015 - Fugitive Sought - Theft CasesCAPTURED
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Officers of the Juneau Police Department have been looking for 29 year old Craig Allan Porter in connection with a string of frauds and thefts that started in late March and continued into last week. Porter now has a $5,000 warrant stemming from two charges of forgery. Porter is a person of interest in several additional cases.

Current investigations show Porter used financial information from a former employer to buy 24 feet of one inch diameter threaded pipe. In a later case, a piece of threaded pipe was found in a wrapper meant for quarters. An associate of Porter’s tried to use the pipe in a wrapper at a local store. JPD asks that any business taking rolled quarters check the contents of the wrapper carefully before accepting the quarters. If this tactic is found again, please retain the item and call JPD.

Porter tried to leave Juneau 4-13-15 and fled when questioned by a JPD officer stationed at the airport. The current $5,000 warrant issued the next day.

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4/10/2015 - Arsons

On March 21, 2015, at about 7:00 p.m. a fire was reported in the unoccupied Gastineau Apartments on Franklin Street. JPD is looking for information about anyone who might have been involved with starting that fire. A damage estimate is not being provided as the building had previously been determined to be a total loss after a prior, much larger fire. The fire from the 21st did cause concern about potential damage to surrounding buildings and investigators are taking the matter seriously.

JPD is also looking for information about the fire near Aurora Harbor that took place on March 31, 2015 at about 8:30 p.m.. That fire did $250,000 worth of damage to Harri Industrial Marine property.

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4/3/2015 - ShopliftingSOLVED
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The suspect in the surveillance video has been identified and charges forwarded to the city prosecutor.  This case was solved because of public participation and multiple tips about the identity of the woman in the video.  JPD would like to thank the public for reviewing the pictures and providing such crucial information.

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On April 1, 2015, at about 7:00 p.m., a woman went into the store called Sequence in the Mendenhall Mall and took several clothing items. When she was confronted by the store clerk, the woman removed two of the three items from where she had concealed them fled the store. She retained a ‘Volcom’ brand sweatshirt worth sixty dollars.

JPD is asking the public to help identify the woman involved so the behavior can be addressed.

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3/25/2015 - Pel Meni Burglary Person of Interest
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On March 14, 2015, someone entered the Pel Meni Restaurant in the downtown Wharf Building. That person took over two thousand dollars from the restaurant. Video surveillance footage from the hallway outside the business was provided to JPD on March 23, 2015. That video shows the suspect had covered his face.

The Juneau Police Department is hoping that someone who knows the person may be able to identify him or her based on the clothing, backpack, and body shape. The suspect was wearing a blue jacket with a yellow border, khaki pants, and gloves. The person was also wearing an orange and black backpack. Photos from the surveillance video are posted on the JPD Facebook page.

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3/20/2015 - Hit & Run Sign Destruction on Mendenhall Loop Road
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On the night of March 11th, 2015, a vehicle driver crashed into and destroyed a familiar landmark in the 2800 block of Mendenhall Loop Road. The hit and run driver destroyed the sign for Kodzoff Acres II. Given the size of the debris field it appears the vehicle struck the sign with great force. The suspect vehicle would have to have been damaged and certainly has a damaged or missing side rearview mirror.

The sign will cost about $2,000 to replace.

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3/13/2015 - Gun Theft on Amalga Street
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On March 7th, 2015, between 10:30 in the morning and 6:30 in the evening a semi-automatic rifle made by Israel Weapons Industry, was taken from a residence in the 3600 block of Amalga Street. The gun is valued at $2000 and takes .223 ammunition. The weapon is distinctive, with a pistol grip and short stock. A picture of the weapon is also posted on the JPD Facebook page.

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3/6/2015 - Vandalism / Theft at Northwood Drive
On February 24, 2015, Juneau Police received a report that two coin operated laundry machines at a housing complex on Northwood Drive in Lemon Creek have been vandalized. Damage to the machines is estimated at $1800. Approximately $40 in quarters was stolen.

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2/27/2015 - Stolen Handgun at Rayco SalesARRESTED
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Thanks to the public’s quick response and the valuable information generated by this morning’s Crime Line Crime of the Week request for tips, 21 year old Stephan James Hallum of Juneau has been arrested for stealing a handgun from an unlocked display case at Rayco Sales.    Tips identifying Hallum poured in to JPD and some tipsters provided information valuable to obtaining search warrants.  Officers detained Hallum late this morning after seeing his car near Cinema Drive.  He was taken into custody without incident.  Hallum was detained while officers spent the afternoon doing interviews and serving search warrants. 

The handgun has not been recovered, Hallum may have hidden the gun after learning his picture was released.  The investigation has revealed that Hallum obtained ammunition for the weapon and was carrying the loaded, concealed handgun on his person late yesterday.  The investigation will now focus on finding the gun and anyone with information is encouraged to contact JPD. 

Hallum is lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional center on a charge of Theft in the 2nd degree, a C felony.  The crime is a felony because a gun was involved. 

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On Thursday, February 26, 2015, at about 6:05 in the evening, an approximately 21 year old native male took a .357 stainless steel finish snub-nosed Ruger revolver out of an unlocked display case at Rayco Sales. The suspect had been into the store the previous day, discussing guns with the staff, and had returned on Thursday.

When staff was no longer near the man, he walked behind the display cases, opened a case, and walked out of the store with the gun. Staff soon noticed a gun was missing and checked the surveillance video to determine what had happened. An employee then called JPD.

Multiple pictures of the man are available on the JPD Facebook page and are being released to the media.

The value of the firearm is $443 dollars.

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