Savoonga man arrested after cashing stolen check at village's only store

Michelle Theriault Boots

A Savoonga man broke in to a home, stole checks and a gun and then tried to cash the checks at the remote island's only store, the Alaska State Troopers said in a dispatch Sunday.

On Sept. 10 troopers in Nome received a report that Savoonga resident Jody Madsen was missing a pistol and checks, among other personal items, after a home invasion.

Staff from the Savoonga Native Store said that Ronald Kingeekuk, 22, cashed a $2,000 check there that turned out to belong to Jody Madsen, according to the dispatch.

"The Alaska State Troopers recovered each stolen item including the .22 caliber pistol and upon further investigation linked R. Kingeekuk to the burglary," troopers wrote.

Troopers arrested Kingeekuk on Sept. 14.

Savoonga is a village on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea and is home to about 650 people.

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