Burglary investigation leads to counterfeit $20s

Posted: Friday, June 12, 2009

While investigating a string of burglaries, Juneau police searched a residence Wednesday and found a dozen counterfeit $20 bills.

Police charged Juneau resident Kevin Enloe, 34, with first-degree forgery, a felony, for possessing the bills. Meanwhile, they're still investigating the burglaries. Police and a prosecutor at Enloe's court hearing Thursday said it is likely Enloe will face other charges.

In Wednesday's search, police contacted Enloe at his residence on the 5800 block of Glacier Highway, in Lemon Creek, around 5:30 p.m. and found a stack of older-style $20 bills that looked suspicious. They all had the same serial number.

"It was just one of those things that just jumped out at us," said Juneau Police Department spokesman Sgt. Dave Campbell.

They determined that the bills were Enloe's. They stopped the search, got their search warrant modified on the spot and arrested him.

At the time, they were looking for evidence relating to a May 4 burglary at a house on the 3100 block of Fritz Cove Road where several vials of gold were stolen, said Campbell. All told, jewelry and other stolen items from that and other burglaries are worth several thousand dollars, Campbell estimated.

Police also searched a second Enloe residence. They have, along the way in this investigation, recovered the gold vials and seized various other items they're checking out.

At a district court hearing Thursday afternoon, a state prosecutor cited Enloe's criminal record, which includes several drug convictions, to suggest he might be a flight risk. In 2002 he pleaded guilty to a felony for failing to appear in court, according to court records. As his third felony offense, he faces a minimum of seven to 10 years in prison If convicted, the prosecutor said.

Enloe is being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $10,000 bail.

• Contact reporter Kate Golden at 523-2276 or kate.golden@juneauempire.com.

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