Police have recovered two of three reportedly stolen snowmachines and an accompanying trailer, but they are still in pursuit of the final sled.
On Jan. 3, Ryan Jones, of Anchorage, called the Anchorage Police Department to report a stolen 1998 Dodge truck that was pulling a Floe four-place snowmachine trailer carting three sleds, according to police reports.
Two days later, Kenai Police stopped Sean W. King, 38, who was driving the allegedly stolen Dodge truck. Police pulled the vehicle over for failing to obey a stop sign.
After police confirmed that the Dodge's plates matched the reportedly stolen Anchorage truck, Kenai officer Levi Russell attempted to take King into custody.
King attempted to speed away from the officer, but the vehicle got stuck in a ditch. At that point, King ran away on foot, police said. A few days later, police arrested King in Kenai.
"We had a report that he was in the Kenai Tesoro, so the guys went in and arrested him," Kenai Police Sgt. Scott McBride said.
Alexandria Maiden, 20, who was a passenger in the Dodge, identified King as the driver. Maiden also said she was present when King discussed selling the trailer and the snowmachines to a man in Kenai.
"Through follow up investigation, we were able to learn that he (King) was in contact with Ed Brighton. He'd (King) gone through the motions to sell him (Brighton) the vehicles," McBride said. That led police to Edward Brighton, 41, of Kenai.
With a search warrant, police also found a "drug kit" inside the vehicle that tested positive for marijuana and methamphetamine. The kit, which was determined to belong to King, included needles and razor blades, according to police.
Maiden told police she and King drove from Anchorage to Kenai to sell the snowmachines.
"Alexandria stated she did not know the machines or the truck was stolen, rather, she just wanted to get out of Anchorage, so she rode with Sean (King)," reads an affidavit from Kenai Police officer Aaron Turnage.
Maiden told police King and Brighton had met several times on Jan. 4 and Jan. 5 so Brighton could purchase the snowmachines from King. She said King agreed to sell the package -- trailer and three sleds -- for $4,000. Jones, the owner of the equipment, valued the 2003 Ski-Doo at $2,700, the 2005 Ski-Doo at $4,850. Jones did not identify the year, make, model or value of the Polaris snowmachine, and he estimated the trailer to be worth more than $500 and less than $25,000.
Brighton did not deny his dealings with King, whom he said he met through a mutual friend.
"It doesn't make me any less guilty ... just by knowing you're an accessory (inaudible) it's as bad as you're the one who did it," Brighton told Turnage.
Brighton also told Turnage he suspected something was "shady" about the deal because "no one sells a $4,000 to $5,000 sled for $1,000." Brighton said, however, he did not know the sleds were "100 percent hot."
Brighton said he did not pay King the agreed-upon $4,000, and King and Brighton agreed to store the snowmachines and trailer at an undisclosed location until the transaction had been finalized.
On Jan. 9, McBride said Alaska State Troopers informed Kenai police that they found two of the sleds as well as the trailer on Escape Route Road. The Polaris is still missing.
King has been charged with a class C vehicle theft felony as well as a class C felony relating to drug possession.
Brighton faces one class C theft felony and three class A misdemeanor theft charges.
Maiden has been charged with a class C felony for hindering prosecution.
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