Police: 3 charged in Wasilla break-in sought stolen laptop

Zaz Hollander

WASILLA -- Three people who broke into an occupied home in a subdivision just outside Wasilla early Thursday morning were apparently in search of what they thought was a stolen laptop they intended to exchange for heroin, court documents say.

Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported home invasion in progress at a South Serrano Drive home at 2:15 a.m. Thursday, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

No one was hurt during the incident.

The two people inside the home called 911 after three people came up on the deck two separate times asking for someone named "Justin" even though the residents told them there was no one inside by that name, according to a sworn affidavit filed at the Palmer courthouse by trooper Dugger Cook.

The trio then shut off power to the house at the main circuit breaker outside and kicked in the door, the affidavit said.

Troopers said they arrived on scene at 2:24 a.m. and discovered that Vincent Ryall, 21, of Big Lake and Shivonne Gouldman, 35, and Jay Burgess, 23, both of Wasilla, had forced their way in. Ryall fled before troopers arrived.

Gouldman told Cook that she drove Burgess and Ryall -- who goes by "Lancelot" -- to Serrano Drive to exchange Ryall's laptop for heroin, according to the court document. Gouldman had arranged to introduce the two men to someone named "Jason," an acquaintance of hers "who she knows supplies heroin to users," Cook wrote. The group got to Serrano Drive and someone handed the computer to "Jason" who walked up to the house and out of sight.

Gouldman pulled into the driveway after the supplier told her he'd left the house but she didn't see him leave, according to the affidavit. The trio went up to the house twice, knocked, and asked for "Justin," according to the homeowners, also interviewed by Cook. Then Ryall kicked in the front door, the affidavit states.

A Wasilla Police Department K-9 dog named Marshal tracked down Ryall, troopers said. A search of the area around him revealed nearly 1.2 grams of methamphetamine packaged for distribution buried in the snow, Wasilla police officer Rick Manrique said.

Ryall, Gouldman and Burgess were arrested and taken to Mat-Su Pretrial Facility.

Gouldman was held on $35,000 bail plus third-party custodian on felony charges of first-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief as well as misdemeanor fourth-degree assault, troopers said. Burgess and Ryall were held on $25,000 bail for the same charges; Ryall was also charged with fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

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