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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. 


6/25/2015 - Theft of iPad at Fred Meyer
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On June 18, 2015, a man reported he left his Ipad at a check stand at Fred Meyer at about 10:00 that morning. He returned to the store about thirty minutes later when he realized what he had done. The man contacted Fred Meyer security who found surveillance video showing the customer after the man, a woman with long reddish brown hair all the way down her back, appeared to take the Ipad.

The woman is described as a heavy-set white female is very long hair. She has a mannerism of flipping her hair back over her shoulder frequently. She was wearing tan pants and a dark shirt. She left the store in what appears to be a green Ford Taurus, or similar model, station wagon. The video did not capture the license plate.

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6/16/2015 - Attempted Theft at Downtown IGA
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On June 15, 2015, at about 3:30 in the afternoon, the Juneau Police Department received a report that three people working together just tried to steal over $600 worth of items from the IGA store at 615 West Willoughby Avenue. An employee confronted one of the two male suspects when he tried to leave through the back door. The man dropped the bag he had stuffed in the hardware section in the back of the store. The suspect told the employee he was leaving. The store employee followed him to a vehicle the man drove away. The employee used his cell phone to take pictures of the man and the vehicle.

The man and woman who were with the man who attempted the theft were distracting store employees at the time of the attempted theft. They ran after the other male was confronted. The items the man attempted to steal were mostly small tools like sockets, he also took ropes, a tool bag, and a hole saw to name a few items. The vehicle the man left in was a blue Ford Expedition with a rear area that seemed to be full of stereo equipment and tools.

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6/12/2015 - Vehicle Arson on Trafalgar Ave.
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On June 9th, 2015, at about 01:00 in the morning, a mini-van was reported to be on fire in the 4000 block of Trafalgar Avenue. The 2002 vehicle was a total loss by the time Capital City Fire and Rescue were able to put out the fire. The Juneau Police Department is investigating the fire as suspicious.

There is a witness who heard a loud bang, looked outside, and saw the vehicle was on fire. She ran to the scene and saw a man walking from the area who started to run when he saw the witness. The witness described the man as native, 5’9", and slender. He was wearing a gray sweater, a gray hat, blue jeans, and white shoes.

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5/29/2015 - Burglary at the CMT Convenience Store at Miners Mercantile
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On May 24, 2015, at about 3:30 in the morning, a man burglarized the CMT Convenience Store in the Miners Mercantile building at 225 Front Street. The suspect got away with about $3000 worth of silver dollar coins and four tablet style computers.

There is surveillance video and JPD is releasing a video of the surveillance screens that show the suspect moving through the store. The man is wearing a mask. You can see that he is wearing gloves and a watch on his right wrist. He is also wearing a cell phone case horizontally on his right hip. The time on the video is inaccurate.

One person of interest has been identified and after initial contact with an officer, investigators have not been able to locate him. The person of interest is 52 year old Juneau resident Ronald McKinney. He is known to travel between Juneau and Seattle.

The Juneau Police Department is seeking information about both the burglary and the current location of McKinney.

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5/15/2015 - Strong Arm Robbery at Sunny Point

On 05/14/2015, at approximately 4:51 PM, a 44 year old female resident reported an attempted strong arm robbery near Sunny Point. In essence, the victim reported that she had been walking toward the Sunny Point parking lot, at approximately 3:45 PM, when she was approached by two men.

The first male was described as an Alaska Native adult, mid to late 20’s in age, approximately 5’11” tall, 180 pounds, longer hair but not past his eyes or ears, and clean shaven. The male was wearing a grey t-shirt and white ball cap.

The second male was described as possibly Hispanic, approximately 5’7” tall, 180 pounds, with short hair. No clothing description was provided.

The female victim said she was approached by the men in the Sunny Point Parking lot. The first male suddenly lunged toward the victim and attempted to steal her backpack off her arm. The second male appeared surprised by the first male’s actions. The female victim fought back and screamed that she was going to call the police. Both men then fled on foot toward the Glacier Highway. The backpack was not stolen. The female victim sustained an abrasion to her left elbow.

Anyone with information concerning this attempted strong arm robbery is encouraged to contact the Juneau Police Department, or Crime Line.

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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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