Sitka man arrested for felony vehicle theft

Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010

The Juneau Police Department arrested a Sitka man Sunday morning, charging him with one felony count of vehicle theft, among other charges.

Robert Teas was arrested when JPD received a report two subjects were entering parked vehicles and rifling through them in the area of Fifth and Seward streets, according to a press release from the department.

When several officers arrived on the scene Teas was exiting a parked pickup truck and fled on foot. Officers gave chase and found Teas hiding between two Dumpsters on Willoughby Avenue where he was taken into custody, JPD Sgt. Paul Hatch said.

"One was on foot pursuit," Hatch said. "Others arrived in cars and cornered him."

JPD discovered that Teas and an accomplice had entered various vehicles in the area of Seward Street, Hatch said. The pair had started to drive one truck out of a parking spot, but re-parked it and fled on foot when the officers arrived. Damage was found to the door lock and the ignition, allowing the vehicle to be started. The vehicle owner was contacted.

"At one point he did make entry by prying or pulling the door," Hatch said. "Some of the other vehicles were unlocked."

Teas was lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center on a felony charge of first-degree vehicle theft. He is also charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree attempted vehicle theft; two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief; and a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment, Teas is being held without bail and since Monday is Alaska Day will be arraigned by the JPD and a prosecutor by telephone.

The police did not locate the second suspect and their investigation is ongoing.

"There is just one more suspect at this time," Hatch said. "The Juneau Police Department really wants people to be diligent in locking their vehicles, that is a major deterrent."

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