Police suspect kitty litter bandit at it again

20-year-old Brendan Doyle wanted by police

Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Juneau Police Department is searching for a 20-year-old man they believe was involved with two burglaries earlier this week in the Mendenhall Valley.

Police identified Brendan Doyle as a person of interest in two residential burglaries on Monday. Doyle was convicted of burglary in 2008 and spent January through March this year serving his sentence at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

A homeowner in the 8500 block of Mendenhall Loop Road reported a burglary in progress at about 11:40 a.m. Monday, where authorities say Doyle was fleeing the scene. He escaped police, said police spokesman Sgt. Dave Campbell.

"Officers responded and when approaching, an officer in an unmarked car saw Brendan Doyle walking away from the residence," Campbell said. "The officer tried to contact Doyle but he fled and ran through woods nearby."

A few hours later, someone reported seeing a man driving a yellow Subaru taking things from a home in the 4000 block of Taku Boulevard. Shortly thereafter, an officer saw a vehicle matching the description a few miles away near Wal-Mart. Police located the vehicle on Trout Street and interviewed the man and woman inside. Police are withholding their names.

They told police Doyle had called them to the Taku Boulevard home, Campbell said.

"The fact he fled from police, and his past burglary conviction, we felt it was ... important he is located and taken to Lemon Creek so we can finish up our investigation," Campbell said.

Doyle is wanted by Alaska State Troopers on an outstanding $5,000 warrant for violating probation. He was convicted of burglary in 2008 after police connected him to a Tee Way home invasion by way of kitty litter.

Police said Doyle also fled that scene, at the 19.5 mile marker of Glacier Highway, and ran through an area where the homeowner dumped used kitty litter. A search warrant led to the discovery of cat litter and feces on Doyle's clothing. Police also recovered soiled property at Doyle's home that was taken from the house on Tee Way.

The latest investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed, Campbell said.

• Contact Charles Westmoreland at 523-2265 or e-mail charles.westmoreland@juneauempire.com

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