UPDATE: Anchorage Police have identified the burglary suspect as Milton Glenn LeBlanc, 35, who had two outstanding warrants for his arrest, according to a press release issued Saturday morning. Initially, the suspect provided police with someone else's name.
LeBlanc was given an additional charge of false information/ report. His fingerprints, which were taken when he was in police custody right after the burglary, will be fully processed on Monday.
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Anchorage police say they caught a smash-and-grab thief Friday morning with the help of a security alarm and quick access to the victim's surveillance video, a police spokeswoman said.
Officers arrested the suspect less than an hour after he allegedly snatched $4,400 worth of electronics from an AT&T store at 4711 Business Park in Midtown, police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said.
Police originally identified the suspect as a 43-year-old Anchorage man but later said the suspect provided a false identity.
The store's security alarm alerted police to a break-in just before 8 a.m., Castro said. Police did not disclose specifically what the thief allegedly took.
"Basically the guy had gone in and tried to grab as much stuff off the display counters as possible," Castro said.
The suspect was gone by the time officers arrived, but the store's manager was able to quickly get police the surveillance video, Castro said. At 8:38 a.m., patrol officers had a description, and one started driving to a nearby hotel on a hunch, she said.
About 10 minutes later, an officer spotted the suspect riding in a car leaving the hotel parking lot, Castro said. There were another man and two women in the car, she said.
All four were taken in for questioning, Castro said. The suspect was charged with burglary, criminal mischief and weapons misconduct. He had carried a small knife, Castro said. Police say he also may be charged with providing a false identity.
One woman from the car was arrested on an outstanding warrant, and the other woman and man with the suspect were released, Castro said.
As of Friday morning, not all of the stolen merchandise was located, Castro said. Officers continued to investigate, she said.
"They're working through search warrants and what items they're able to recover," Castro said.
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By CASEY GROVE