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2 arrested in Butte after troopers discover stash of guns believed stolen

  • Author: Madeline McGee
  • Updated: December 12, 2018
  • Published December 12, 2018

Troopers looking for a stolen snowmachine arrested two people Monday in Butte after their investigation uncovered a stash of stolen guns.

Troopers looking for a stolen snowmachine on Monday recovered 20 stolen and suspected stolen guns at a Palmer home. (Megan Peters / Alaska State Troopers)

Jessica Krieger, 35, was arrested on five counts of second-degree theft after troopers discovered five stolen guns in her possession at a Bodenburg Loop home. Fifteen additional guns found at the home were also suspected to be stolen, the troopers said in a statement Wednesday. Both handguns and rifles were recovered.

Megan Peters, a spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers, said she had no immediate information about why Krieger had the guns.

“At this time, I do not know if any of the weapons seized were used in any particular crime,” Peters said.

Troopers also arrested Trevor Bernard, 28, of Anchorage, who was at the residence and had two arrest warrants for misconduct involving a weapon.

Peters said authorities know who the owners of the five stolen guns are. Troopers also recovered the snowmachine they were initially looking for, along with a stolen ATV.

Krieger and Bernard were remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial Facility. Troopers said the investigation into the 15 suspected stolen firearms and the stolen vehicles is ongoing, troopers said.

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