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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. 

4/18/2014 - Fugitive Sought
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The Juneau Police Department is attempting to locate Nicholas Alexander Detemple. Detemple has a warrant for violating his parole on an original charge of misconduct involving controlled substances in the 3rd degree. Detemple is 26 years old. He is 5and weighs 160 pounds. Detemple has tattoos completely covering the sides and front of his neck up to chin level. His hair is short and dark.

An off-duty JPD officer saw Detemple on April 6th near the airport, driving a 1999 green Volkswagon Passat. Detemple recognized the officer and nearly struck him with the car while fleeing. Detemple is estimated to have driven 80 miles per hour on Glacier Highway near Jordan Avenue when he fled the area.

Detemple has a history of having weapons in addition to being associated with drugs. Citizens are asked to avoid approaching Detemple and to call JPD to report his location.

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4/11/2014 - Car Theft on Riverwood Drive and Vandalism in Switzer Village

Sometime during the night of March 14th to early in the morning on March 15, 2014, several suspects stole a 2014 green Chevy Blazer from Riverwood Drive. Stereo items and sunglasses were also stolen out of other vehicles on Riverwood Drive. During the early morning hours of March 15th, the suspects in the stolen vehicle were associated with multiple tire slashings in Switzer Village. A resident of Pine Street reported the vehicle abandoned in that area at about 5:41 in the morning.

One witness said she saw three young males in the stolen Blazer when it was left on Pine Street. Two sweatshirts were found in the stolen vehicle and may have belonged to the suspects.

The stolen vehicle had been left unlocked with the keys in the console. Residents are reminded not to leave vehicles unlocked or to hide keys inside the vehicle.

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4/4/2014 - Vehicle Arson at Mill Street
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On March 30, 2014, at about 5:49 in the evening, someone reported a van on fire at Mill Street. Mill Street is in an industrial area off Thane Road. Officers interviewed people in the area and learned there was a loud noise about ten or fifteen minutes before the fire was reported. The fire marshal has deemed the fire to be suspicious in nature. The van had been parked and locked for several months.

The fire did approximately $4,000 worth of damage to the van.

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3/28/2014 - Theft at St. Paul`s Catholic Church on Atlin Drive

On or about March 7th, someone took two laptops, an iPad, and a Nintendo game system from students and one teacher from Ketchikan High School while the group was staying in Juneau. The Ketchikan pep club was staying at St. Pauls Catholic Church, on Atlin Drive in the Mendenhall Valley, and attending the regional basketball tournament.

One of the computers taken was a Macbook Pro and one was a Macbook. The Nintendo 3DS game system was bright blue and belonged to a student. The iPad was also a students property. The black laptop belonged to a student and the silver laptop was owned by the Ketchikan School District. The person taking the items would have had to go through groups bags to find the items.

The total value of the electronics is $3700.

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3/21/2014 - Shoplifting at Alaska Industrial Hardware
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On March 7th, 2014, a man took a laser level worth $549 from Alaska Industrial Hardware. A surveillance camera recorded the incident but so far the suspect has not been identified.

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3/14/2014 - Assault at Aurora Harbor
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On March 12th, 2014, at about 8 p.m., a 13 year old female reported, through her mother, that a man walking on the main float at Aurora Harbor had scratched the girl’s face. At the time of the incident the teenage girl was walking a dog along the main float of Aurora Harbor. The man was walking in the direction of the Yacht Club and toward the girl. He reportedly scratched her face as he passed by her. He continued to walk on the main float and in the direction of the Yacht Club.

The teenager reported the man said nothing to her but reached up and brushed her face, causing a bleeding scratch near her right temple.

The victim described the man as about 20 years old, tall, and skinny, wearing a black sweatshirt and red baseball cap. She did not recall if there were logos on the sweatshirt or hat.

JPD is releasing a close up photo of the injury, concealing the victim’s identity, to address rumors that the girl was cut with something like a razor, which not consistent with the injury. JPD is looking for someone who used an item that would make the type of scratch sustained by the victim.

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3/7/2014 - Burglary with Guns Stolen

On or about March 1, 2014, someone entered a home in the 8100 block of Threadneedle Street and took five firearms. The stolen guns are a 7mm rifle, a .338 Winchester magnum rifle with synthetic stock, two .22 caliber rifles, and a .308 bolt action rifle. Nothing else was taken from the home.

The Juneau Police Department has a long history of cases where the thefts of firearms are ultimately linked to drug users. Typically when someone motivated by getting money for drugs commits a firearm theft there is an immediate attempt to sell the stolen item for a fraction of its value for quick cash. Someone selling guns in this situation may not have a reasonable explanation for having so many guns to sell at once, may try and sell the guns out of a car, may have ground off serial numbers, and may be unwilling to provide identification.

JPD is asking for tips about these particular guns or anyone selling firearms in a way that indicates the items are likely stolen. Officers find license plate numbers and physical descriptions to be particularly helpful when reported.

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2/28/2014 - Nighttime Bullying in Downtown

Officers of the Juneau Police Department have received reports that individuals frequenting the downtown bars may be acting in coordination as part of a pattern of behavior designed to intimidate and even assault other bar patrons. The behavior appears to be bullying in nature and JPD would like to address the activity as soon as possible.

JPD has received information that there may be specific individuals who are instigating the behavior. When officers have attempted to gather information some people have expressed a concern that they may be harassed by the unnamed instigators for talking to police.

JPD is hoping to solicit information, including anonymous tips, about anyone suggesting or inspiring two or more people to harass, intimidate, or assault others in the downtown bar environment. Crimeline is completely anonymous and someone reporting information may be eligible for a reward.

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2/21/2014 - Burglary From Unfinished Home on Ann Coleman Road

On February 3rd, 2014, a man reported a locked steel chest containing home building tools was taken from a home under construction in the 10000 block of Ann Coleman Road. The tools were worth about $2800.

One neighbor said there was a white truck at the home during the Superbowl on February 2nd. That witness described truck as being in new condition and another neighbor said the truck looked to be made in the mid-1990s. Witnesses agree the white pickup had a white canopy on it.

The size and weight of the tool chest would likely mean that at least two people were involved in the theft.

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2/14/2014 - Child Endangerment

The Juneau Police Department is asking the public to assist with finding vehicles and witnesses who may have information about two open cases that concern the endangerment of children. JPD is investigating the possibility the two cases are linked.

On February 10th, 2014, JPD put out a press release concerning a possible child enticement incident that happened the previous Friday, on February 7th, 2014. That case involves two men in a Toyota pickup. The passenger offered an 11 year old girl a ride and she ran away.

Officers did locate a couple of vehicles thought as possibly involved and showed the girl pictures of those vehicles, which were not identified as the vehicle involved, but additional details emerged. The pickup is dark blue, but lighter than navy blue. The taillights were broken. The black canopy had the back window missing but the canopy had intact side windows. There was wood sticking out the back of the canopy. ‘Toyota’ is spelled out across the tailgate and the letters are partially missing, either faded or peeled off.

The driver of that pickup was in his fifties and had a black and gray beard. The passenger, the one who spoke to the girl, was Caucasian, in his thirties and wore an olive green baseball hat and a tan Carhartt coat.

The press release about this incident sparked a report from a man who saw what appeared to be an attempted child abduction in July of 2013. That incident was not reported to law enforcement due to a miscommunication between the witness and a person he told who he thought would report it for him. After hearing of the latest event he decided to personally come into JPD and report what he saw last summer.

The man reported that sometime between about July 12th and 19th of 2013, he was at the bus stop closest to Walmart along with two 8 or 9 year old girls he did not know. A man in a maroon Ford Ranger with Texas plates with a black canopy parked between the bus stop and the Walmart building. The driver was leaning back in the driver’s seat but the witness could see him watching the girls through the tinted back side window of the extended cab pickup.

The witness asked the girls if they knew that man and they said they did not. After about ten minutes, the man got out of the pickup and approached the girls, offering them a ride. The man was Caucasian, about six feet tall and thin, in his late 40s or 50s. He was also described as having black hair with some gray in it and a goatee. When the girls said "No" to the offer of a ride the man grabbed one girl by the arm and started pulling her toward the pickup.

The witness punched the man several times in the face and the girl broke away. Both girls then ran across the street into Switzer Trailer Park. JPD did not receive any reports from parents identifying the girls. Officers would like to speak with the two girls.

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