Three Kenai Peninsula residents have been charged with second-degree theft.
Brian T. Tupper's charges include one count of second-degree theft by receiving, three counts of second-degree theft and five counts of fraudulent use of an access device. The two other defendants, Cary L. Anderson and Derek A. Johnson, listed on an April 13 indictment are both charged with a single count of second-degree theft by receiving.
According to court records, Alaska State Troopers on April 3 contacted Tupper's ex-girlfriend while conducting a follow up investigation of a stolen trailer. Heather Dunbar reported Tupper, 32, stole a sapphire ring from her nightstand.
Troopers report Dunbar learned that Anderson, 42, was in possession of her ring. Dunbar contacted Anderson, who offered to sell the ring back to her for $300.
When Anderson attempted to meet with Dunbar to sell the ring, Troopers confronted her. Dunbar alleged Johnson, 33, sold her the ring after receiving the jewelry from Tupper, according to court records.
Tupper and Anderson both have criminal records.
Anderson's prior Alaska charges include two DUIs, a 2004 felony drug offense and four theft offenses.
Tupper's prior Alaska charges include a driving while license revoked offense and two theft offenses. The DWLR and one theft offense are separate ongoing Kenai cases. He also has been charged seven times in Washington for felonies, including theft, forgery, drugs and burglary.
The fraudulent use of an access device charges are not detailed within the court records. According to the indictment, Tupper used the device at multiple locations, including Fred Meyer's, a gas station and a hotel. The amount of stolen funds totals $419.95.
Tupper was arraigned Tuesday at the Kenai Courthouse.
Anderson and Johnson's arraignments are set for April 24 at the Kenai Courthouse.
Two charged in vehicle theft
A Soldotna woman has been charged with first-degree vehicle theft and second-degree theft by receiving.
Amy Bryce Turner, 25, was arrested by Troopers following a brief investigation. Darryn P. Meyers, 32, is also listed on an April 13 indictment and is charged with tampering with physical evidence, felony motor vehicle offense and second-degree theft by receiving.
Troopers on April 7 received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked outside an apartment complex on Grove Avenue in Soldotna.
A male was spotted changing the license plates on a red Ford Ranger. Troopers were advised that the Kenai Police Department reported a 1996 red Ford Ranger was stolen from the Home Depot parking lot in Kenai on April 4, according to court records.
Later, Troopers responded and found the vehicle backed up to a snowbank with no front license plate. A computer search revealed it was the stolen vehicle, according to court records.
Troopers reported observing two sets of shoeprints in the snow leaving the vehicle.
Myers was contacted by Troopers walking toward the apartment complex, matching a description provided by two tenants. The suspect was under the influence of an unknown mind-altering substance and admitted to have been a passenger in the Ford, according to court records.
His soles also matched those exiting the passenger side of the Ford, Troopers reported. He was then placed under arrest.
Turner was found in a nearby apartment. The tenant allegedly claimed to have no knowledge of the suspect's presence when it was discovered she was occupying a bathroom.
After denying numerous requests to come out of the bathroom, the Trooper unlocked the door and found Turner, who matched the tenant-provided description.
Turner allegedly refused to cooperate and grabbed the Trooper's handcuffs while arguing about the evidence against her.
A pair of brown tennis shoes was located near the backdoor of the residence. There was water on the soles of the shoes and on the floor underneath the shoes. The shoes' prints matched the impressions leaving the driver side of the stolen Ford, according to court records.
Among her alleged multiple claims, Turner said she didn't steal the vehicle. Rather, Heather Dunbar, the owner of the vehicle, set her up because she was seeing Dunbar's ex-boyfriend.
Turner and Meyers were arraigned Tuesday at the Kenai Courthouse.
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