ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers have recovered 75 of 80 frozen pizzas reported stolen thanks to an enterprising thief.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports ( ) that 80 frozen pizzas were reported stolen from a store in Gambell, a village on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. Police say they received a strong tip when 29-year-old John Koozaata and 21-year-old Lewis Oozeva called the police department and tried to sell the pizzas to on-duty officers.

Police say that the pair broke into the Gambell Native Store warehouse and took five cases of pizza, valued at $1,100, or about $13.75 a pie.

Troopers say Koozaata and Oozeva were arrested and taken to Nome. They are in custody at the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center facing charges of burglary and theft.


Information from: Alaska Dispatch News,