JPD arrests two for attempting alleged snowplow theft

JPD arrests two for attempting alleged snowplow theft

Juneau police say they caught two men suspected of stealing a snowplow from in front of a Lemon Creek residence on Thursday. When police found the men, they located another stolen item: a trailer taken from a business located just blocks away.

According to a Juneau Police Department release issued Friday, a 47-year-old male contacted JPD at noon Thursday, saying two men he didn’t recognize were outside his Lemon Creek home on Anka Street, attempting to steal a $7,500 snowplow. The men were digging the plow out of surrounding snow and attempting to move it with a dolly, the release states.

The two men left the area in a Ford pickup, without taking the plow. Officers located the Ford pickup in the area, which was pulling a trailer at the time. Police stopped the Ford pickup and identified Stephen Haseltine, 33, and Gabriel Falzarano, 27.

Haseltine and Falzarano admitted to being on the property where the snowplow was located but claimed to have permission to borrow it, JPD wrote. The trailer was registered to a local business, police say, and they determined that the trailer attached to the vehicle was not owned by Haseltine or Falzarano.

Officers contacted the business responsible for the trailer, which is located just down the street from the would-be snowplow theft. Business owners told police neither Haseltine nor Falzarano had permission to use the trailer. It was reported that the trailer was last seen earlier in the day parked at the business located in the 5400 block of Jenkins Drive.

The original caller identified Haseltine and Falzarano as the two men who he had seen on his property, attempting to steal the snowplow. The caller said Haseltine and Falzarano were able to move the snowplow about 8 to 10 feet.

Haseltine and Falzarano were placed under arrest for second-degree theft, a class C felony, attempted second-degree theft, a class A misdemeanor, and first-degree criminal trespass, a class A misdemeanor.

Haseltine and Falzarano were taken to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center where they were held without bail.

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