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Nikiski man arrested for burglary, vehicle theft

Posted: December 27, 2011 - 4:16pm

Kenai Police officers and Alaska State Troopers arrested a 26-year-old Nikiski man connected with burglary and car theft, said Kenai Police Chief Gus Sandahl.

Matthew Stough was arrested at an acquaintance’s home in Nikiski on Dec. 26. Law officials acted on an arrest warrant relating to the charges, Sandahl said.

Facing multiple felony charges, Stough’s family reported he was “on the run.” He had an extensive history of fleeing from law enforcement, according to court records.

Stough and his alleged accomplice Kathleen M. Booth, 32, are both charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, first-degree vehicle theft, tampering with evidence and fourth-degree criminal mischief. All four charges are class B or C felonies, excluding criminal mischief.

Booth was arrested Dec. 21 and remains at Wildwood Correctional Center awaiting trial.

The alleged burglary occurred Dec. 15. A Kenai police officer responded to a residence when it was discovered there were tracks in Dallas and Mary Armstrong’s driveway. A friend was watching the home while the two were on vacation in Mexico, according to court records.

The Armstrongs reported many items stolen, including prescription medications, a 32-inch television and 45 pieces of jewelry. A Toyota truck was stolen as well, according to court records.

Following investigation and obtaining a search warrant, police searched Stough’s trailer. Police reported during the search many of the stolen items were recovered including the jewelry.

The Toyota’s key was located in a pink bag at Stough’s home. Booth denied knowledge of the burglary, but indicated the pink bag belonged to her, according to court records.

Stough has a criminal record. Past charges include vehicle theft, assault and criminal mischief.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 6 at the Kenai Courthouse.

Jerzy Shedlock can be reached at jerzy.shedlock@peninsulaclarion.com.

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Dimondwillo
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Dimondwillo 12/30/11 - 08:18 am
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Burglary and vehicle theft

I agree with the previous person who posted. It's time to get these parasites off the streets. How about checking out Kathleen Booth's criminal record as well on the Alaska Court System web site. Her record is quite extensive with charges in the Kenai and Anchorage courts...including several open cases. The truck keys were found in her purse, yet she claims she had no knowledge of the "burglary?" From Stough's criminal record, he has multiple vehicle violations. If he's seen driving a vehicle, chances are he would be stopped...SO Booth probably drove the truck. What a couple of first class losers! COME ON JUDGES...GET THEM OFF THE STREETS!

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Wildchild 01/28/12 - 02:56 am
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Dimondwillo get your facts straight. First off Miss Booth has no criminal history of burglary or car theft, most of the charges are for possession of a controlled substance, hindering prosecution, or giving false information. Not theft and burglary like Mr. Stough. Police records also indicate that Mr. Stough was seen in the area of the burglary at the time and was questioned by the police at that time before they knew of the burglary. At that time Mr. Stough told police that he had been making out with a girl named Lisa who was driving the white SUV that was seen in the driveway of the house that was robbed and next to the stolen vehicle that belongs to Lisa's sister according to police records, not with Miss Booth as your trying to claim. The keys to the stolen vehicle were found in an empty canvas shopping bag that belonged to Miss Booth not her purse as you stated so Mr. Stough or this Lisa could have dropped the keys into the bag at anytime after the theft without Miss Booth's knowledge. Your assumption that Miss Booth was driving the vehicle sounds like you have an axe to grind against her or maybe your the Lisa Mr. Stough was making out with. How many cops would know Mr. Stough on site if they saw him driving and that maybe they should pull him over to see if he had a drivers' license or driving a stolen vehicle. Miss Booth is most likely telling the truth that she had no knowledge of the burglary as Mr. Stough stated to police that he was with a girl named Lisa at the time of the burglary and not Miss Booth. So get your facts straight before you show your ignorance or grind your axe publicly.

Wildchild
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Wildchild 01/28/12 - 02:57 am
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What previous person

Dimondwillo get your facts straight. First off Miss Booth has no criminal history of burglary or car theft, most of the charges are for possession of a controlled substance, hindering prosecution, or giving false information. Not theft and burglary like Mr. Stough. Police records also indicate that Mr. Stough was seen in the area of the burglary at the time and was questioned by the police at that time before they knew of the burglary. At that time Mr. Stough told police that he had been making out with a girl named Lisa who was driving the white SUV that was seen in the driveway of the house that was robbed and next to the stolen vehicle that belongs to Lisa's sister according to police records, not with Miss Booth as your trying to claim. The keys to the stolen vehicle were found in an empty canvas shopping bag that belonged to Miss Booth not her purse as you stated so Mr. Stough or this Lisa could have dropped the keys into the bag at anytime after the theft without Miss Booth's knowledge. Your assumption that Miss Booth was driving the vehicle sounds like you have an axe to grind against her or maybe your the Lisa Mr. Stough was making out with. How many cops would know Mr. Stough on site if they saw him driving and that maybe they should pull him over to see if he had a drivers' license or driving a stolen vehicle. Miss Booth is most likely telling the truth that she had no knowledge of the burglary as Mr. Stough stated to police that he was with a girl named Lisa at the time of the burglary and not Miss Booth. So get your facts straight before you show your ignorance or grind your axe publicly.

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