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Man pleads guilty to string of thefts last fall

Posted: April 18, 2013 - 12:10am
Elliot N. Davies, 22, appears in Juneau Superior Court on Monday for a change of plea hearing in connection to burglaries at the Mendenhall Valley Tesoro gas station and Rainway carwash.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Elliot N. Davies, 22, appears in Juneau Superior Court on Monday for a change of plea hearing in connection to burglaries at the Mendenhall Valley Tesoro gas station and Rainway carwash.

A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty for his role in a string of thefts and burglaries at several Juneau businesses last fall.

Elliot Nathan Davies admitted to three felony offenses: second-degree theft for stealing from the valley Tesoro gas station, second-degree burglary for breaking into Rainway car wash and second-degree forgery for stealing a check from the Alaska Communications Systems’ payment drop box, making it payable to himself then cashing it. All those offenses occurred in September 2012.

He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft for stealing a speaker box from Western Auto in August 2012.

Davies changed his plea Monday in Juneau Superior Court before Ketchikan Judge William Carey. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed the remaining charges against him, including a drug charge for allegedly possessing a small amount of heroin not intended for distribution. Prosecutors also agreed to cap his sentence at three years.

Part of the plea agreement requires Davies to pay restitution to the businesses: at least $8,500 to Tesoro and $2,500 to Rainway.

Prosecutors said Davies and a codefendant stole a coin-operated air compressor from Tesoro, damaged one of the automated tellers and attempted to steal from the coin-operated vacuums, according to charging documents.

The case for the codefendant in the Tesoro case, Dylan T. Kolvig, 22, is still open, and he is slated to stand trial on similar charges in August. Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Polasky said that case is on hold, however, as Kolvig is currently seeking treatment for substance abuse at a treatment provider.

Prosecutors said Davies also damaged the vacuums and auto-cashier machines at Rainway car wash, located on Bent Court near Costco in the Lemon Creek area, and broke into the main office and stole the keys for the auto-cashier machines. Kolvig was not charged in connection to that crime.

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

That issue will likely to be addressed at Davies sentencing hearing, to be held in May.

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

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