2 charged with stealing pickup, breaking into other vehicles

Casey Grove

Anchorage police say a young man and his juvenile accomplice are charged with stealing a pickup, its attached trailer and items from other vehicles near Arctic Boulevard and Raspberry Road early Friday.

Devontay Gordon, 19, and a 17-year-old male face charges of vehicle theft and criminal mischief, said police, who are now looking for anyone else whose belongings may have been pilfered.

A Halliburton Energy Services employee started a pickup just before 4 a.m. in the 6900 block of Arctic Boulevard to let it warm up, then called 911 when he saw the truck and attached 24-foot trailer being driven away, police said. He jumped in another vehicle to follow the pickup, lost track of it, then found it abandoned about a mile away, police said.

Officers cordoned off the area and started a search for the suspects that involved a police dog tracking them from the abandoned pickup. Along the way, the dog and its officer handler found a wallet, a pair of glasses and a set of keys. Blocks away, another officer had just stopped two people -- Gordon and the juvenile -- whose shoes seemed to match prints close to the pickup. While the officer questioned them, the dog tracked directly to them, police said.

During the search, officers found several vehicles in the area that had been broken into or tampered with, police said. One of the suspects had a credit card that police said was stolen from one of the vehicles.

Gordon is charged with second-degree theft, fourth- and fifth-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree weapons misconduct. The 17-year-old, whom police are not naming, is charged with first-degree vehicle theft and fifth-degree criminal mischief.

Police warned Anchorage residents to lock their vehicles and not to leave valuables inside. Anyone between 70th and 75th avenues along Arctic Boulevard is asked to call police at 786-8600 if they suspect their vehicle has been broken into.

Reach Casey Grove at casey.grove@adn.com or 257-4589.

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