Second suspect arrested in Anchorage gun theft
A second man is now in custody, charged in connection with a burglary which saw dozens of firearms taken from an Anchorage gun store.
Christopher Kratsas-Derr, 27, is accused of theft of firearms from a licensed dealer, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder’s office. He joins Seth Kaufman, 31, who was arrested in the case Sept. 11 after authorities say he jumped from a second-story Motel 6 window in a bid to avoid capture.
Authorities say Kaufman and Kratsas-Derr were the two men seen on surveillance video breaking in to EDC Alaska on the morning of Sept. 7, then stealing 36 guns.
An affidavit in the case said police received a tip that Kaufman and a man named “Chris” had stolen the guns, which they began trying to sell while staying at the Microtel Inn and Suites off International Airport Road. Investigators subsequently saw Kratsas-Derr, wearing sweatpants and shoes similar to those of the second suspect, in a review of Microtel surveillance video.
“Review of prior arrest information revealed that Kaufman and Christopher Kratsas-Derr were arrested together for a different theft crime on June 2, 2017, yet neither was in custody during [the EDC Alaska burglary],” federal officials wrote.
Both men also face state charges in the burglary, according to Schroder’s office.
Four of the stolen weapons were recovered during Kaufman’s arrest, but the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is asking for public help to locate the others. Anyone with information on them is asked to call the bureau at 1-888-ATF-TIPS.