2 tied to multiple vehicle thefts arrested, police say
Two people who authorities say were tied to numerous vehicle theft investigations have been arrested on multiple charges.
According to APD spokesperson MJ Thim, 24-year-old Brandy Nolcini and 27-year-old Nicholas Sleeper were arrested early Friday morning after officers with the Patrol Division spotted them inside a stolen vehicle in the 8100 block of Starview Drive.
"The preliminary investigation found a blue 2006 Chevrolet Pick-up was parked in a sports field parking lot," Thim wrote in a Nixle alert Saturday. "When officers approached, they found an adult female in the driver’s seat and an adult male in the passenger’s seat."
Charging documents say the driver was slumped over the steering wheel. Officers then proceeded to block the pickup and commanded Nolcini and Sleeper to come out.
"Nolcini had an ice pick in her pocket which she referred to as her 'window breaker,'" charging documents said.
Police also noted the ignition was punched out.
The truck was stolen from the Alaska Regional Hospital's parking lot around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, according to charging documents. Security footage showed two people getting inside the vehicle and then taking off in it.
Thim said Nolcini was in the driver's seat when police made contact with them. Sleeper was the passenger. Both were arrested on multiple theft charges including vehicle theft in the first- and second-degree.
Sleeper also had two outstanding warrants. Detectives were able to connect him to two additional vehicle theft investigations.
Nolcini had two pending felony cases with charges including at least two vehicle thefts.
In October, police pulled over a car in which she was a passenger in. They quickly learned that she had a warrant out for her arrest. While she was in custody, she escaped while still wearing handcuffs.
"There are some folks, that due to their joints, they're able to manipulate their joints, double jointed, in other words, to slip cuffs. It appears that Brandy has that ability," APD spokesperson Renee Oistad said in an interview in October.
Nolcini was on condition of release to obey all laws.
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