Men chase down skateboarding burglar, help lead police to arrest

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By acting fast and being observant, two men were able to help the Juneau Police Department arrest 24-year-old James Andrew Lysons, who had a warrant out for his arrest.


At 10:02 p.m. Wednesday, a woman called JPD reporting that her husband had caught a man going through their storage shed, according to a JPD press release. After realizing he had been seen, the burglar grabbed a skateboard from the storage shed and took off, the caller reported.

The husband and his brother took action, chasing the burglar until the man got to his car. According to the release, the husband and his brother confronted the burglar at the car and were able to get the skateboard back. The burglar then drove away, according to the release, but the two men were able to get the license plate number.

All of this they reported to police, and officers were able to track down the license plate to a car at an apartment complex in the 9400 block of Glacier Highway, the release states. Near the car, officers saw Lysons, who matched the description of the storage shed burglar.

Officers found that Lysons had a $5,000 warrant for his arrest from the Sitka Police Department, with original charges of second-degree forgery and second-degree theft, according to the release. Officers arrested Lysons for the warrant, and also found that Lysons had several pieces of mail stuffed inside his shirt. The mail was all from residents in the 9300 and 9400 blocks of Glacier Highway, according to the release.

According to the release, Lysons was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary (a class C felony), fourth-degree theft (a class A misdemeanor) at the storage shed in addition to the warrant. He was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center, where he’s being held without bail.

• Contact reporter Alex McCarthy at 523-2271 or Follow him on Twitter at @akmccarthy.


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