Police recover stolen property

Posted: Tuesday, February 03, 2004

One man was arrested and approximately $20,000 worth of what is believed to be stolen property was recovered by Alaska State Troopers investigating several recent burglaries in the Island Lake Road area of Nikiski.

Michael C. Evans, 30, of Nikiski, was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility where bail was set at $10,000.

Based on information received during their investigation into at least six burglaries, troopers obtained a search warrant on Thursday for Evans' home.

Before serving the warrant though, Evans was reportedly seen driving in the Nikiski area and was arrested without incident.

On Friday morning, Evans' residence was searched by state troopers and Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement Troopers who recovered power tools, hand tools, rolls of carpeting and floor vinyl, stoves, air compressors, stereo equipment, drum sets, bikes, hunting and camping gear, space heaters, television sets, gardening tools, approximately 60 fishing rods, a water cooler and other property.

Troopers on Monday were busy inventorying the property and plan to contact people who have reported things stolen to set up times for them to identify their property.

Others who have been victims of recent burglaries in the Island Lake Road area are asked to call troopers in Soldotna at 262-4453 to make an appointment to see if any of the recovered property is theirs.

Troopers are continuing their investigation and said additional charges against Evans are possible, and other suspects may be arrested.

"We're conducting interviews at this time," said Lt. Chuck Bartolini.

If Evans is released from jail, he will be required to have a court-approved, third-party custodian.

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