Alaska State Troopers arrested two people Tuesday morning for reportedly burglarizing multiple homes off of Chena Hot Springs Road.
Troopers were responding to a 6:49 a.m. report of a burglary in progress near mile 14 of Chena Hot Springs Road when they spotted the suspect vehicle driving toward Fairbanks. They stopped the vehicle and contacted Mustafa Naser Ismail Saleh, 23, of Fairbanks, and Tara Lie-Arevalo, 30, of North Pole.
Troopers found stolen items in plain view inside the vehicle, and further investigation showed multiple homes had been burglarized, according to a news release posted on the trooper website Tuesday afternoon.
Saleh and Lie-Arevalo were taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center and are scheduled to be arraigned in Fairbanks court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Felony charges are pending.
The investigation is ongoing and the public is asked to contact trooper Alex Valdez at 451-5100 with any information about the incident.
Saleh has a pending felony assault and reckless driving case for an apparent road rage incident Aug. 25 in which he allegedly rammed a vehicle, chased it at speeds in excess of 90 mph and tried to run over two of its occupants on Farmers Loop Road. He was convicted in August of driving under the influence in Anchorage on July 8, 2018.
Lie-Arevalo has prior convictions for driving under the influence, felony second-degree theft, felony second-degree theft of an access device and felony second-degree theft of a firearm or explosive.
Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7582. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.