ATM theft

A surveillance photo shows one of the suspects and the truck used in the theft of an ATM from Goldstream Store early Thursday. Photo courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

FAIRBANKS—Three people have been arrested on charges in connection with the theft last week of an ATM from the Goldstream General Store.

Alaska State Troopers reported Monday that Joshua Ritter, 35, Scott Jackson, 55, and Robert Strickland, 35, were being held at the Fairbanks Correctional Center on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, third-degree criminal mischief and first-degree criminal trespass.

The theft reportedly occurred early Thursday morning.

Troopers said a tip Friday evening led to the arrests. The tipster said a vehicle from the ATM theft was in the Fred Meyer parking lot in Fairbanks and that it was recognized from news reports. The trooper report did not indicate which of the two Fred Meyer stores was the site.

Troopers located the vehicle and contacted Ritter and Jackson, who were interviewed and arrested. Strickland was not at the scene but was arrested later with help from the Fairbanks Police Department.

The theft was reported at 5:22 a.m. Thursday. The initial report to troopers indicated that the front door of the Goldstream General Store had been damaged and the store alarm activated. Surveillance footage showed two men using a Ford pickup truck and a chain to pull the door open before loading the ATM into truck.

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