Teenager charged in boat burglaries

Posted: Friday, July 09, 2004

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of an 18-year-old Juneau resident, in connection with 14 boat burglaries in March in the Auke Bay area.

Devin W. Moorhouse faces 14 counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree theft and one count of third-degree criminal mischief, according to court records. Juneau District Magistrate John W. Sivertsen Jr. signed the arrest warrant Tuesday.

Court records show two younger teens were involved, and one of them sold a firearm stolen from a boat to another teen.

The complaint against Moorhouse alleges the burglaries were committed between March 5 and March 28. The affidavit sworn by Assistant District Attorney Jack Schmidt reveals that about $3,000 to $5,000 in items, including alcohol and weapons, were reported stolen March 28 from 11 boats at DeHart's Marina.

Court records show Moorhouse lives with his mother, who could not be reached for comment.

One of the victims reported a Polaroid camera taken from one of the boats. Later the victim reported he found the camera, but discovered several pictures had been taken with it.

According to the affidavit, police who stopped Moorhouse while driving on the Douglas Bridge found Polaroid pictures in his car that show him and another teen in a setting that looks similar to the victim's boat.

After serving a search warrant at Moorhouse's residence, police found other items that could link him to the burglaries, according to court records.

The documents link two unnamed boys - ages 15 and 17 - to at least some of the burglaries. However, no information was available on any possible charges against the juveniles.

The affidavit alleges the total damage to four burglarized boats was more than $3,300.

Each of the theft charges relates to a weapon allegedly stolen from a single boat. The victim reported that a Ruger Blackhawk .357 Magnum revolver and a .22-caliber revolver were stolen from his boat.

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