Troopers: Wasilla man steals four-wheeler, gun, aircraft headset

Tegan Hanlon

Alaska State Troopers stopped a  31-year-old Wasilla man for driving a four-wheeler on the road early Wednesday morning only to find he was wearing a stolen jacket, carrying a stolen shotgun and had various other stolen items strapped to a four-wheel that, troopers say, he also stole.

Shortly before 2 a.m., troopers spotted Thomas Hofmann II driving a blue Yamaha four-wheeler on Bogard Road near Williwaw Way, an intersection close to Wasilla Lake, troopers said. 

Hofmann was wearing a jacket embroidered with the name of a local machine shop and a person’s name. He carried a satellite phone, GPS, aircraft headset and other aircraft safety equipment. He also had a Honda generator attached to the four-wheeler, said Megan Peters, troopers spokeswoman. 

Troopers called the person whose name was written on the jacket. The person was the owner of the shop, and did not know the four-wheeler and other items had been stolen, Peters said. 

Peters said she didn’t know if the items were taken from the owner’s home or storefront. 

Hofmann was taken to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility. He faces burglary, theft, vehicle theft misconduct involving a weapon and criminal trespassing charges.


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