Charges against suspected thieves pending grand jury indictment
Valdez police are pursuing at least two persons of interest in the ongoing investigation into a rash of burglaries that occurred in Valdez last week. At least one is in custody of Anchorage officials and being held on unrelated charges.
“One has consequently been remanded on probation violations,” Bill Comer, police chief, said in an interview after the Valdez Star went to press Tuesday afternoon. “A significant number of stolen items have been recovered.”
Mum has been the word on the investigation that began with at least two burglaries reported to police January 24, with at least 16 reports flooding the department the next day.
The Coast Guard Housing at the end of Hanagita was hard hit, as well as other locations around Valdez.
“I believe they are related,” Comer said of the handful of reports received one day, and the larger number the next.
Police did report that items were stolen from cars, garages, and storage sheds. Items reported stolen were purses, cash, debit/credit cards, snowboards, knives, binoculars, MP3 players, guns, and a Motorola radio.
“We intend to – we are going to – take evidence to the grand jury,” Comer said.
Items police believe were stolen from Valdez will be catalogued, photographed and “with the district attorney’s authority” returned to the rightful owners, Comer said.
It is the responsibility of the grand jury to decide if the State Attorney has enough evidence to charge the defendant or defendants with theft related crimes pertaining to the Valdez burglaries.