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Woman turns herself in for burglary

Four arraigned in case

Posted: August 7, 2013 - 9:57pm

Four codefendants were arraigned on theft and burglary charges in Superior Court in Kenai Tuesday, after one defendant, Renee Miranda, turned herself in at the scene of the crime.

The alleged perpetrators face nine felony charges — three counts of first-degree burglary, five second-degree theft counts and one count of first-degree vehicle theft.

Attorneys entered pleas of not guilty to all counts for Miranda, 46 of Nikiski, Aaron Duvall, 25, Lee Graham, 49, and Candace Peterson, 24.

According to reports filed by Alaska State Troopers, Don Matthews called troopers on June 9 and told them his Nikiski home had been broken into while he was at work. Matthews told troopers his 2010 Ford pickup was missing along with 13 guns, ammunition, food, a computer, a chainsaw, a log splitter and other items — for a total value of about $50,000.

The reports state on July 16, Matthews told troopers Miranda had just walked up to his home and told him she had broken into the house with another woman, whom she refused to name. The charging documents allege Miranda said she broke a window to enter the home and stole food, the chainsaw and the log splitter. Miranda sold the chainsaw and the log splitter but would not tell troopers whom she sold the items to. She told troopers she took two other people to the house the next day, but also refused to name them.

A game camera that Matthews set up in his yard recorded three suspects taking items from his home and loading those things into his pickup.

An anonymous tip during the course of the investigation revealed the identity of the five others.

The next scheduled court date for Miranda, Duvall, Graham and Peterson is Sept. 9. All four are in custody at Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

Summons were issued Monday for two other codefendants charged in the case, Chad Jones, 38, and Teslin Little, 21.

Superior Court arraignments for Jones and Little are set for Aug. 13.

Kaylee Osowski can be reached at

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Seafarer 08/08/13 - 03:29 pm
Wild Age Differences

The young and the older banding together for a "burglery club". That's a new one on me! Hang `em high.

BigRedDog 08/14/13 - 07:02 am
Get your camera!

Have you fellow readers noticed the connection with crimes being solved via photographic evidence? These game cameras really take the cake. Last year the dealer who was killed down south of Kasilof provided police with photos of his assailant. We got a killer of the streets for the price of a game camera. These things cost less than $100 for base starters and for around $300 you can get one with a cell phone capable of sending you live streaming pictures of current activity!
Just one camera set up bye local residents in a crime watch system could make a picture of every vehicle entering or leaving a subdivision. A complete photo showing time and date would sure be helpful for your local police or Troopers in removing the incentive on thefts! It's a small invasion of privacy but residents of rural or outlaying property have got their rights also. Get the Camera!

dagaudet 01/05/14 - 04:42 pm
Renee Miranda

It is my understanding that Ms. Miranda will soon be released back into society after only five months of incarceration. A person that faced 9 felony charges is ready for release? I do not understand the judicial system in the Third Judicial District, Stste of Alaska. I personally sent letters to Magistrate Matthew Christian, Magistrate Jennifer Wells, Judge Anna Moran, Judge Sharon Illsley, Judge Charles T. Huguelet, Judge Carl Bauman and the Alaska State Troopers. After sending seven letters explaining circumstances regarding the above mentioned Miranda asking for help and my closing sentence being, "I pray that this letter and my plea for help and justice is not in vain." All seven letters were returned to me! Criminals have all the rights, innocent victims have none. I think the people in the Nikiski area should be up in arms and be notified that this criminal will soon be back!

Norseman 01/06/14 - 07:12 am
scumbag thieves. It takes

scumbag thieves. It takes the community to protect itself from ilk like this. Let your neighbors know when you have dirt bag thieves return to your area. Let your neighbors know when you see anything suspicious.

We can only hope that one day these parasites will enter the house where the home owner is there, locked and loaded.

Raoulduke 01/06/14 - 08:47 am

Theft-This is where the Arabs have it right.They remove the left hand.I would guess only a fool.Would steal a second time.
Oh! Yes! Big Red dog There is no such thing as a "SMALL" invasion of privacy. Every one has the right to protect their home.I really like Norseman's attitude,and solution.

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