FAIRBANKS — A 22-year-old Fairbanks man was charged this past weekend in connection with several vehicle break-ins and thefts on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus in November and December.
Jerad Jasper Zabriskie was charged with three counts of second-degree felony theft and one count of misdemeanor theft after Alaska State Troopers served a search warrant on his home and found several items that he allegedly stole during a two-week stretch in late November and early December.
Troopers and University of Alaska Fairbanks police contacted Zabriskie on Dec. 5, the day after UAF police received a report of a stereo, subwoofer, amplifier and longboard being taken from a vehicle parked in the north upper dorms lot on campus.
The theft was captured on surveillance video, which showed a tan Ford Explorer drive into the lot at 4:11 a.m. and park next to the victim’s vehicle. Someone could be seen moving items from the car to the Explorer before driving away at 4:27 a.m. The value of the stolen items was estimated at $800.
Troopers tracked the license plate to Zabriskie and showed up at his home to find find him sitting in the driver’s seat of a tan Ford Explorer that had been seen on the video in the Dec. 4 theft. They executed a search warrant for his home and found numerous items reported stolen from vehicles in multiple open cases.
Among the items recovered were an air compressor valued at $800 to $1,000 that was reported stolen on campus Nov. 25 and four Nokian snow tires reported stolen from the bed of a red 2003 Toyota Tundra on Nov. 20 that were valued at $667.
Troopers also found a maroon 1993 Chevrolet Corsica at Zabriskie’s residence that was seen on video in the tire theft. One of the stolen tires was found inside that vehicle.
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