FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks man was arrested Wednesday for the second time in two weeks and is again accused of being caught red-handed with stolen red metal.
This time, Jack Daniel Adams, 27, was allegedly caught in the act of stealing copper and other property from a home on Gilmore Trail. He faces an additional charge for allegedly carrying a small quantity of methamphetamine.
Adams was arrested Oct. 18 for possessing three stolen heat converters worth more than $1,800. One had been stripped of its copper. Adams told Alaska State Troopers at the time he found the heat converters at a transfer site. He was released on $1,000 bail Oct. 22.
Nine days later, about 8:45 a.m. a resident of Gilmore Trail called troopers to report he found a man with a car full of his tools from his garage stuck in his driveway. He reported the man stole his chainsaw and other tools and took a gas can from his father’s property across the street.
Sgt. Scott Johnson, the same trooper who arrested Adams the week before, responded and recognized Adams and the 1999 Buick sedan Adams was driving in the previous case.
The man who called and his father were holding Adams on the ground when troopers arrived and Adams was taken into custody. They told troopers that, while they were waiting, Adams told them they could have their property back if they let him go. He also threatened to kill one of them if they did not set him free, they said.
Adams had a different story, according to the criminal complaint against him. He said he did not steal anything from the property and did not threaten the men. He told troopers he stopped on Gilmore Trail because a Plexiglas window fell out of his car and he was worried he might have hit another car with the window. He said there had been a kid wearing bunny boots with him who ran away.
In addition to the stolen property found in his car, troopers said bunny boot footprints in the snow indicated Adams took a spool of copper wire worth $548 out of a shed on the Gilmore Trail property and stashed it on a berm.
Troopers said Adams had a small amount of methamphetamine — 0.5 grams — and a meth pipe that he stepped on and broke when it fell out of his pant leg.
Adams was indicted Thursday on charges related to both cases. He is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon.
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