Alaska couple charged with dozens of car break-ins

Posted: Sunday, June 06, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks couple have been charged with breaking into dozens of cars last year and stealing mostly electronic equipment.

Police said 19-year-old Cristina Nicole Roselli and 22-year-old Michael Victor Wisel were charged with 17 counts of theft, tampering with a vehicle and criminal mischief.

Eight of the theft charges are class C felonies punishable by up to five years in prison.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that Roselli told police she blamed Wisel for the car break-ins and that he used a "window punch" similar to the spring-loaded device used by firefighters in emergencies.

Roselli and Wisel reportedly told police they are addicted to smoking Oxycontin, a powerful prescription pain reliever.

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