Multiple arrests made in connection with car thefts
Seven people were arrested in Anchorage over the weekend in connection with stolen cars. In most of the cases, police found the suspects sleeping or passed out inside the cars.
Raylen M. Thompson, 29, was found on August 24 sleeping in a blue 2005 Honda CRV in the 3700 block of East 19th Avenue, according to police. The Honda was reported stolen from the 1800 block of Kuskokwim Street on August 20. Police charged Thompson with vehicle theft.
Brittany L. Seals, 26, and two other people were found on August 25 passed out in a 2003 sliver Chevy pickup, parked in the driveway of a house in the 3500 block of Willow Street, according to police. Drug paraphernalia was found inside the truck. The pickup had been reported stolen three days earlier from the parking lot of the Alaska Club on O'Malley Centre Drive. Police charged Seals with vehicle theft.
Cody J. McElroy, 33, was found on August 25 slumped over the wheel of a 1995 blue Subaru Legacy outside the Arctic Tern Inn on Taku Drive, according to police. The Subaru was reported stolen on August 24 from an apartment complex on the 4500 block of Homer Drive. Police charged Elroy with vehicle theft.
Christopher K. Noble, 40, was found on August 25 in the parking lot of Lowe's on Old Seward Highway, according to police.
A store employee told police Noble was walking around the parking lot looking into cars, the employee said Noble had arrived in Nissan Pathfinder. The Pathfinder was reported stolen on August 24 from the 1400 block of West Benson Boulevard. Police say there was not enough probable cause to charge him with the theft of the Pathfinder. Police charged Noble with shoplifting.
Andrey M. Fomin, 35, was found on August 26 passed out in a 2018 Nissan Armada at the Dimond Center Hotel, according to police. Police say he had multiple stolen IDs. The SUV had been sold from Kendall Auto Group on Old Seward Highway on August 15 to a person with a stolen ID. The dealership reported the Armada stolen on August 20 after the financing was proved invalid. Police charged Fomin with vehicle theft, scheme to defraud and fraudulent use of an access device.
Christopher R. Thompson, 27, and Amber C. Plahs, 29, were found on August 26 sleeping inside a running 2008 red Hyundai Santa Fe near 73rd Avenue and Basel Street, according to police. Thompson told police his ID was in a backpack. Inside, police say they found a stack of credit cards that did not belong to him. The Santa Fe was reported stolen on August 25 from the parking lot of the Fred Meyer on Debarr Road while the owner was shopping. Police charged both Thompson and Plahs with vehicle theft.
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