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Two teens arrested in string of Kenai thefts, vandalism

Posted: Sunday, December 26, 2004

Two Kenai residents were arrested in connection with a string of vandalism, thefts and burglaries that took place in the area surrounding North Forest Drive in Kenai since October.

Russell T. Williams, 18, of Kenai was arrested Friday after he turned himself into the Kenai Police Department and was taken to the Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

A 16-year-old male was arrested on Thursday for the same charges. Because he is a minor, his name was not released.

Williams was charged with three counts of first-degree burglary, attempted second-degree burglary, second-degree theft for stealing a firearm, seconddegree theft and conspiracy to commit burglary.

The 16-year-old was charged with eight counts of first-degree burglary, attempted second-degree burglary, firstdegree criminal trespass, 13 counts of second-degree criminal trespass, second-degree theft for stealing a firearm, three counts of second-degree theft, eight counts of third-degree theft, three counts of fourth-degree theft, third-degree criminal mischief, nine counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief and fifth-degree criminal mischief.

Lt. Kim Wannamaker of the Kenai Police Department said Williams turned himself in because he was a suspect in the crimes and knew he was going to be arrested.

In addition to the crimes committed in Kenai, similar crimes in Nikiski and Soldotna also were revealed. The Kenai Police Department is working with the Soldotna Police Department and the Alaska State Troopers on those investigations.

Additional arrests are expected as the investigations continue.



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