Troopers Bust Two in Firearm Theft Spree

Jay Barrett/KMXT

The Alaska State Troopers have solved a crime spree that has been plaguing Kodiak since August. In a statement yesterday Thursday, the troopers announced they, with the assistance of state Wildlife Troopers, arrested two men they believe are responsible for a score of burglaries in the past six months, mostly involving firearms, but also including cash and jewelry. 

On Monday a Kodiak Grand Jury indicted 20-year-old Shay Monkiewics and 18-year-old Justin Isadore on about 30 counts each of felony burglary and theft charges, as well as criminal mischief for damages caused to private property during break-ins. 

The two young men were arrested separately on Tuesday. The troopers report Monkiewics surrendered himself at the Kodiak Courthouse, while Isadore was taken into custody at a family member’s home.

During the crime spree, about 30 firearms – handguns, shotguns and rifles – were stolen, according to Trooper Brock Simmons of the Kodiak Post. He said the thefts also included cash and expensive jewelry, including one ring reportedly valued at $10,000.

Simmons also said that the alleged thieves appeared to have selected victims that were known to them, and knew their schedules and what possessions they wanted to steal beforehand. He said the break-ins were not random.

Troopers report some firearms were recovered from a site where they were buried at Gibson Cove, but most have yet to be found.

The troopers thanked the tips that came in through Crime Stoppers and the help from victims and community in breaking the case. 

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