Police arrest man for rifling through cars

Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2010

JUNEAU - Police arrested a 22-year-old man Friday morning after receiving a report of someone rifling through cars.

Robert Hughes is being charged with three counts of criminal trespassing and two counts of theft. He is being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

A resident in the 1700 block of Glacier Avenue called police about 2 a.m. and said Hughes was rifling through her vehicle in the driveway. Hughes allegedly fled the area carrying a shoulder bag.

Officers in the area found Hughes in front of Juneau-Douglas High School. He was carrying a large, black duffel bag made of nylon, according to police. Inside the bag was women's clothing, electronics and paperwork related to a local business.

Officers located several other parked vehicles along Glacier Avenue that had been entered. Several items in Hughes' bag matched the description of items missing from those vehicles, which were found to have been left unlocked.

The thefts are believed to have occurred on Glacier Avenue, from Channel Vista Drive and Glacier Avenue south to Highland Drive. Residents are encouraged to call JPD if they suspect something was stolen or they notice suspicious activity.

Residents should lock their vehicles and keep valuables out of sight if stored in a vehicle, according to police.

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