Troopers place ‘bait trailer’ on Parks Highway, two would be thieves picked it up

Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 4:07 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Wednesday morning at approximately 8:35 a.m. Alaska State Troopers were notified that a ‘bait trailer’, placed by AST at mile 305 of the Parks near Nenana, had been taken.

Troopers caught up with the pick-up towing the trailer at approximately 10:00 a.m. and proceeded to conduct a traffic stop. The driver was identified as Steven Munguia, 21 of Anchorage, and the passenger was identified as Miroslav Mujica-Peraza, 32 of Anchorage.  After confirming that the trailer was the one that belonged to the Department of Public Safety and after interviews, both Munguia and Mujica-Peraza were arrested for Theft in the second degree, which is a felony, and were remanded to FCC in Fairbanks.

AST included the following statement in their dispatch:

“There are many reasons why motorists may have to temporarily leave vehicles or trailers safely parked on the side of the highway or in a pullout. The Alaska State Troopers strongly encourage the public to not assume property left along our roadways is abandoned. If property appears to be a safety hazard or abandoned, make a report to the Alaska State Troopers or the closest local law enforcement agency. Do not take the property if you are not the owner or don’t have the owner’s permission. The Alaska State Troopers routinely conduct proactive enforcement efforts, like using a bait trailer, to deter vehicle thefts and criminal activity statewide.”

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