Man faces 40 criminal charges for string of thefts

By ERIN THOMPSON

 

Peninsula Clarion

A Soldotna man is facing 40 criminal charges and an arrest warrant for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in personal property and industrial equipment in a string of robberies.

David L. Frost, 27, faces felony first- and second-degree burglary, first- and second-degree theft, first-degree vehicle theft, as well as numerous criminal mischief counts.

Frost allegedly broke into, ransacked and stole items from a handful of residences within walking distance of one another near the Big Eddy area of Soldotna. The thefts, which were first reported starting late last year, included thousands of dollars in fishing gear, electrical equipment, gasoline, tools, DVDs and electronics, according to an Alaska State Trooper affidavit filed with the court June 1.

Frost allegedly stole from one of the properties and stripped an SUV, which was found spray painted a different color, missing its front seat and parts of the dashboard and steering column, with broken windows. He has also been implicated in a 2013 burglary at one of the same residences, according to the affidavit.

Frost was charged June 1 after an investigation into a report of stolen jewelry led police officers to a Kenai residence, where they found thousands of dollars in suspected stolen items.

In April, the woman living in the house — Pamela D. Rickard — was indicted for theft and burglary of the some of the goods, which matched items that had been reported stolen.

Rickard reportedly told troopers that Frost, who had been staying with her, began bringing tools, clothing and fishing gear to her home.

Frost is also accused of stealing cooper wire and industrial equipment, including employee bags, tools, work gear and electrical cable worth approximately $15,000 from a Nikiski business.

Troopers reported that Frost sold copper wire and jewelry to a scrap yard in Anchorage and pawn shop in Eagle River.

Frost faces 10 counts of first-degree burglary, a class B felony; six counts of second-degree burglary, a class C felony; two counts of first-degree theft, a class B felony; two counts of first-degree vehicle theft, a class C felony; four counts of second-degree theft, a class C felony; five counts of third-degree criminal mischief, a class C felony; one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor; eight counts of fifth-degree criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor; and two counts of fourth-degree theft, a class B misdemeanor. The court has issued a warrant for his arrest and set bail at $25,000.

Reach Erin Thompson at ethompson@peninsulaclarion.com

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