Alleged Lucky Me community burglar was 'bored'

Burglary victim, neighbor, tracked down alleged thieves before police arrived

Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A grand jury indicted a 22-year-old Juneau man on two felonies Monday for allegedly stealing thousands in cash and multiple guns from a Douglas Island residence because he "got bored" while hunting, according to court documents.

Jessie J. Jackson was indicted on one count of felony burglary and one count of felony theft for allegedly burglarizing a home Oct. 15 near the roadless Lucky Me community, about 2.5 miles south of Sandy Beach. Jackson was arrested along with a 16-year-old accomplice after the victim and his neighbor tracked down the alleged thieves and confronted them.

The minor, identified in court papers as P.D., was arrested on a burglary charge and lodged in the Johnson Youth Center. Juvenile cases are closed to the public, so officials won't disclose the minor's name or case status.

Kent Crabtree reported his home burglarized at 6:18 p.m. that evening, after he said his neighbor, Leon Shaul, checked out what he thought was a bottle rocket noise near Crabtree's house. Shaul called Crabtree after finding Crabtree's door kicked in and guns missing from behind the door. Both work for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Neither could be reached for comment Monday.

Crabtree walked from St. Ann's Avenue in Douglas toward his home while Shaul walked from the Lucky Me area toward Douglas in hopes of catching the burglars. At 6:31 p.m., Crabtree called the police again to report he had found Jackson and P.D. about a mile down Sandy Beach.

The charging documents are vague regarding the confrontation. They indicate Crabtree took a .22-caliber rifle away from Jackson before arguing about the contents of a backpack Jackson was carrying. The backpack contained property belonging to Crabtree, including two handguns and binoculars, according to charging documents. Crabtree also pulled his Motorola Razor cell phone from the backpack, which Jackson allegedly grabbed and snapped in half.

During the argument Jackson and P.D. threw wads of cash totaling $3,750 out of their pockets along with a pair of Crabtree's sunglasses. Police initially reported that Jackson and P.D. admitted to burglarizing two other residences in the area.

"Jackson told Crabtree they took four rifles and stashed them near Crabtree's house under a tree," according to court documents.

At 6:51 p.m., Shaul called police again to report that he was with Crabtree and the two suspects and needed assistance because Jackson and P.D. were being uncooperative. Juneau Police Department officers arrived shortly after in a courtesy U.S. Coast Guard vessel and began investigating.

An officer went to Crabtree's house and found the door kicked in and the interior in disarray, according to court documents.

"Drawers and cabinets were open throughout the house."

Jackson told Sgt. Tom Bates that the two suspects were hunting and got bored, "so they decided to break into a house," according to court documents.

Jackson was lodged in the Lemon Creek Correctional Center and is being held on $10,000 cash bail. He faces up to 25 years in prison.

Jackson has been arrested numerous times since 2006, which have resulted in convictions for attempted vehicle theft, disorderly conduct, underage drinking and violating conditions of release.

• Contact reporter Eric Morrisonat 523-2269 or e-mail

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