Suspect in theft of village safe arrested in Bethel

June 6, 2019

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A man suspected of stealing a safe from a city building in the southwest Alaska village of Napakiak has been arrested.

Alaska State Troopers say 52-year-old Alfred Evan was arrested Wednesday in Bethel while at the courthouse on another matter.

Troopers on Nov. 12 were notified that someone had stolen the safe in Napakiak, a village of 360 about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southwest of Bethel.

Investigators determined that the suspect used a crowbar to break into the city building. The bolted-down safe and other items were taken.

Investigators identified Evan the burglary suspect through DNA evidence and video evidence. A judge issued an arrest warrant.

Evan is charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief. Online court documents do not list his attorney.

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