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Man arrested for stealing from gas station, Western Auto

Posted: October 10, 2012 - 12:02am
A sign on one of two vacuums at Rainway, a car wash service on Bent Court near Costco in the Lemon Creek area. Rainway owner Dale Lebahn says vandals have hit his business three times in the past month. Police say the investigation is still ongoing and have not released the names of any suspects.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
A sign on one of two vacuums at Rainway, a car wash service on Bent Court near Costco in the Lemon Creek area. Rainway owner Dale Lebahn says vandals have hit his business three times in the past month. Police say the investigation is still ongoing and have not released the names of any suspects.

A man has been arrested for stealing from the Mendenhall Valley Tesoro gas station and Western Auto, according to police and court records.

Lt. David Campbell, a spokesman for the Juneau Police Department, said in a phone interview that 22-year-old Elliot Nathan Davies was arrested at his North Douglas home Friday morning.

Davies has since been charged with two felonies — third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree theft — for the Tesoro theft, as well as misdemeanor theft for stealing from Western Auto, court records show.

Prosecutors say Davies stole a $2,300 coin-operated air compressor and $150 in quarters from a coin box from Tesoro, damaged one of the automated tellers and attempted to steal from the coin-operated vacuums, according to charging documents. A Tesoro employee reported the theft to police on Sept. 16.

Video camera surveillance footage from Tesoro catches two people near the vacuums throwing something in the back of their truck, according to an affidavit filed by District Attorney David Brower.

The affidavit states Davies admitted to police he stole from the gas station, pried off the air pump using a crow bar and then later threw it in the river from Brotherhood Bridge with his friend.

The other person captured on the videotape has not been charged with a crime as of yet, but was identified in court records as Dylan Kolvig. Police say the investigation is still ongoing.

Prosecutors say Davies also stole an Alpine brand speaker box from Western Auto in late August. He pleaded not guilty to that charge during an arraignment last week, and a jury trial was scheduled for December. (The judge did not ask for a plea to be entered for the felony charges in connection to the Tesoro theft, and set a preliminary hearing for next Monday.)

Charging documents indicate the thefts were committed possibly to fund a drug habit, as the affidavit states police found heroin in Davies’ car during the search and that he admitted to being a heroin user.

The affidavit also alleges Davies admitted to police that locks found in his car during a police search were stolen from a car wash service, Rainway, on Bent Court near Costco in the Lemon Creek area.

Campbell said in an interview that he could not comment whether Davies is a suspect in that case, citing JPD’s policy not to release names of people that are merely suspected of crimes.

Campbell said the Rainway case is still being investigated, and police do not have any names to release at the time.

The owner of Rainway, Dale Lebahn, told the Empire Tuesday in a phone interview from Wasilla that vandals struck his Juneau business three times in September. It will cost a total of $26,000 to replace the items that were damaged, he said.

Lebahn said the first time the vacuums were damaged as the vandals tried to pry open the change box underneath for quarters; the second time one of the two auto-cashier machines was broken; the third time the office was broken into and keys to the auto cashier machines were stolen.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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