Alleged thief caught near Switzer

Posted: Monday, February 03, 2003

JUNEAU - A man is being held in prison today without bail after he was picked up in Switzer Village this morning as a suspect in an alleged vehicle-rifling spree.

Ross Sparks, 19, was charged with one felony count of second-degree theft as well as second-degree criminal trespass and sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, both misdemeanors.

Sparks also was wanted on an outstanding $2,500 warrant charging him with failure to comply with the conditions of probation.

The warrant stemmed from a second-degree theft conviction from the summer of 2002. Sparks was arrested in August on felony theft charges linked to a two-month rash of vehicle riflings in the Mendenhall Valley.

According to a police press release, Sparks was spotted by a Switzer resident around 3:55 a.m. today who reported a man going through vehicles in the area. Sgt. Kevin Siska said police caught up with Sparks. Sparks allegedly was carrying a laptop computer valued at $1,000 as well as a glass pipe with a small amount of marijuana in it. Siska said other possibly stolen items were found on Sparks, but he's not sure what they were. Police alleged Sparks rifled fewer than 10 vehicles before he was arrested.

Sparks was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Police do not believe Sparks is connected with the recent rash of thefts from the Merchants Wharf parking lot.

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