Early morning crime spree targets Fairbanks neighborhood

Published: Jun. 22, 2020 at 5:15 PM AKDT
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There was a string of burglaries and thefts in the Aurora Subdivision early Saturday morning. According to Alaska State Troopers, they arrested three people who were suspects in four or five burglaries. They hit residential properties and the Garage liquor store.

Alben Stevens, 18, of Fairbanks was arrested for burglary in the second degree, theft in the second degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree for allegedly breaking into the Garage. According to charging documents, Stevens and another person broke a window and stole over $800 worth of alcohol.

Tyler Smith was charged in two separate incidents from Saturday morning. According to charging documents, he broke into two homes and took thousands of dollars’ worth of cash and other items. Smith was charged with multiple counts of burglary and theft.

Troopers said they expect more charges to be filed as their investigation continues. Troopers are encouraging people to use video cameras that can help police locate suspects.

"The one house at the beginning of the cul-de-sac that has video capturing all the traffic coming in and going may be the tipping point in the investigation to where we do develop a lead or a potential suspect because we do have a vehicle or something to that effect," said Barry Cebulski, a trooper with the Special Project Unit.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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