Counterfeit $20 and $100 bills Make the Rounds Locally
Editor’s Disclaimer: Information received from the Anchorage Police Department CAD Log of Reports Taken for the Chugiak-Eagle River area as recorded online at the Community Crime Map via Renee Oistad of the APD Communications Department and transcribed by Amy Armstrong. All persons are assumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.
Thurs., March 2
A 14-year-old boy was struck in the face by his 18-year-old foster brother during an argument. The incident occurred in the 20100 block of Laughlin Street in Chugiak. There were no visible injuries to the victim and no medical attention was necessary.
Fri., March 3
An unidentified 14-year-old male was detained by store security at the Eagle River Wal-Mart in the 18600 block of the Eagle River Road after being caught shoplifting by store personnel. The juvenile initially gave police and store security a false name, but did eventually provide his correct name. He was charged with providing False Information and Theft IV before being released to a parent.
Sat., March 4
Phyllis A. Short, age 22 of Kotzebue, was arrested for alleged operation of a motor vehicle under the influence in the 13400 block of the N. Eagle River exit from the Glenn Highway. An APD patrol officer witnessed the vehicle Short was later found to be driving to be travelling at a high rate of speed on the Glenn Highway. The officer then noted that the witnessed vehicle began to alternate its speed between driving well over the speed limit to well under the speed limit. According to the police officer, the vehicle changed lanes several times without signaling. The officer conducted a traffic stop during which suspicion of Short being impaired was discovered.
Craig J. Featherston, age 27 of Wasilla, was arrested for alleged operation of a motor vehicle under the influence in the 15600 block of E. Eagle River Loop Road. A private citizen had called APD Dispatch with information that a vehicle which later matched the description of the vehicle Featherston was driving was swerving all over the Glenn Highway and was unable to maintain speed. APD patrol officers located the vehicle and witnessed the vehicle being nearly driven off the road several times before conducting a traffic stop.
Sun., March 5
Isaiah F. Baker, age 18 of Chugiak, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence in the 13400 block of the Old Glenn Highway. An APD officer contacted the occupants of two vehicles that were parked in the Eagle River Fred Meyer parking lot. Baker was one of the occupants. According to police records, Baker showed signs of intoxication and vomit was present on his shirt. He was also charged with Alcohol Consumption by a Minor.
A customer attempted to pay for gas at the Tesoro fuel station in the 12100 block of the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River with a counterfeit $100 bill. This case is still under investigation.
Mon., March 6
Scott M. Muetz, age 44 of Eagle River, was arrested inside the Credit Union 1 building located in the 11500 block of Business Blvd in Eagle River on an unrelated arrest warrant. Muetz was transported to the Anchorage Jail.
Wed., March 8
Two unidentified shoppers attempted to pay for items at the Eagle River Wal-Mart store located in the 18600 block of the Eagle River Road with counterfeit $20 bills. Police were called and the shoppers were cooperative with police in the investigation, according to police records. No arrests have been made in this case at this time.
An APD patrol officer noted an SUV parked in the Eagle River Wal-Mart parking lot with a broken window. The officer contacted the vehicle’s owner via phone. The owner stated the vehicle had been left because it had broken down and the vehicle did not have a broken window when the owner left it. The officer noted there were several items inside the vehicle and advised the owner to retrieve the vehicle as quickly as possible to prevent further vandalism to the vehicle or theft of the items inside.
A School Resource Officer was contacted by Chugiak High staff regarding a student who stated he had gotten into a verbal altercation with his father and threats were made. The student and the student’s siblings were contacted by police. All of the children stated they were not in fear for their safety and statements had been made simply out of anger. OCS was contacted for follow-up.
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