Troopers report multiple burglaries in Nunam ‘Iqua

by Mark Arehart on May 8, 2013

A string of burglaries was reported in the village of Nunam ‘Iqua recently, inlcuding a home break-in, a burglary at the village washeteria and the theft of a city snowmachine.

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On April 29th Alaska State Troopers say the City of Nunam ‘Iqua’s snowmachine was reported stolen.

That same day the city reported about $150 worth of food had been stolen from the village washeteria.

And then on May 1st, troopers say they were notified of a home burglary.

“We have a suspect in all the cases,” Trooper Spokesperson Beth Ipsen said.

Ipsen couldn’t say if the same individual was suspected in all three incidents, but did say charges have been filed only the home burglary.

She said 28-year-old Scammon Bay Resident Edward Aguchak is the suspect in that case.

“He stole two rifles, a cell phone and some coins. And he also tried to break into a safe, he was unsuccessful, but he pretty much destroyed the safe. And he also fired off three shots from one of the rifles that he stole,” Ipsen said.

Nobody was reported hurt in the burglary, and it is not know how the suspect gained entrance into the home. Troopers say all items were recovered and returned, but Aguchak faces a slew of charges including first degree burglary and fourth degree assault.

Ipsen said alcohol was a factor in the case.

Troopers say charges in the other two cases, the snowmachine theft and the washeteria break-in, are being sent the District Attorney’s office in Bethel.

In the washeteria break-in, Ibsen says a few frozen pizzas were taken from the snack bar, but eventually found and returned.

The city snowmachine was also found abandoned on a trail to Alakanuk by two individuals riding on a separate snowmachine.

“Witnesses thought it was kind of strange that they saw some headlights in the distance and then when they got to the snowmachine and found it abandoned. One hopped off and recognized the city snowmachine and drove it back to the village,” Ipsen said.

It is not known when the suspect or suspects in those cases will be named.

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