'Repeat offender' booked again in vehicle theft
A woman who has been arrested multiple times for vehicle theft in Anchorage is behind bars again.
Anchorage Police arrested 32-year-old Saliloimanatu Toilolo early Thursday morning after a brief pursuit in Mountain View.
Renee Oistad, spokesperson for APD, says an officer observed a blue 2009 Honda CRV speeding westbound on Mountain View Drive and activated his lights in an attempt to initiate a traffic stop. Oistad says the vehicle initially slowed but then began speeding up again, prompting the officer to activate his sirens.
Toilolo attempted to make a turn onto Concrete Street but lost control and the vehicle slid into a retaining wall, Oistad says.
Toilolo and the two passengers of the vehicle were each taken into custody, though the passengers were later released without charges filed.
APD determined the CRV had been reported stolen during a residential burglary on New Year's Eve in south Anchorage, while the license plate originated from a Chevy Tahoe that had been stolen before Thanksgiving in west Anchorage.
Toilolo was charged with first-degree vehicle theft and booked into the Anchorage Jail.
Toilolo, who APD consider a repeat offender, was arrested by APD's then-new Investigative Support Unit back in late-October in connection with another stolen car case.
"We sort of believed all along that there are relatively few number of people that are involved in a lot of this criminal activity that we're seeing, and so catching a vehicle that has several people in it that are involved in that type of criminal behavior we feel like that's a success," Chief Justin Doll said at the time of Toilolo's October arrest.
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