APD makes three stolen vehicle arrests in a day
Anchorage police say they made three stolen vehicle arrests in one day.
2012 Honda CR-V
A 2012 Honda CR-V was stolen on Oct. 29 and was reported that same day, according to a police statement Thursday.
It was taken when the owner left the keys in the doorknob of their apartment and found it and their vehicle missing the next morning.
Exactly one month later on Nov. 29, police say officers located the Honda on East 11th Avenue, just before 3 a.m. after running the plates.
Police learned the plates belonged to a different stolen vehicle.
Two men were eventually taken into custody, one of them was later identified as 39-year-old Malik Newkirk. Initially, police said he did not want to identify himself and had to be fingerprinted.
Newkirk was found to have an outstanding felony warrant. When asked him if he had any weapons or drugs on him, police say he denied having anything on him.
However, during a pat down, an officer found a pocket knife and two needles, one of which was full of what was later learned to be heroin.
Newkirk was arrested and charged with multiple counts of vehicle theft, as well as misconduct involving a controlled substance and promoting contraband.
2006 Chevy Silverado
At 7:48 a.m. on Nov. 29, police were alerted to a stolen 2006 white Chevy Silverado that was stolen from the Dimond Center parking lot. The vehicle was locked and no keys were inside when it was taken.
About 20 minutes later, police were told the truck was involved in a hit-and-run crash near New Seward Highway and East Tudor Road where the Chevy sideswiped another car on an exit ramp.
At 10:30 a.m., police found the truck empty on Sentry Drive in the Abbott area. Police said in the bed of the truck were parts to another vehicle.
Officers tracked a set of footprints from the truck to a house on Arlon Street nearby and continued on to a Subaru parked in the backyard.
Skyler S. Robbins, 23, was found hiding in the trunk of that vehicle and arrested.
He was taken to the Anchorage Jail and was later found to have heroin in his body, police wrote.
Robbins was charged with vehicle theft and misconduct involving a controlled substance.
1997 Toyota Rav4
On Nov. 20, APD was notified of a stolen 1997 green Toyota Rav4 in the Airport Heights area.
The vehicle was initially parked outside a residence on the 1300 block of Primrose Street with the doors unlocked and the keys inside.
Right before 8 a.m., police were called about a man passed out in the vehicle which was found on West 18th Avenue and Arctic Boulevard. Police learned it was stolen more than a week prior.
Officers arrived on scene and then woke up 39-year-old Charles Talsma by tapping on the window.
Talsma was arrested on vehicle theft in the first- and second-degrees.
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