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Koliganek Man Arrested in Theft of Village Council Office Safe

Published On: Nov 27 2013 03:16:25 PM AKST

Alaska State Troopers say a Koliganek man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the theft of a safe from the local village council’s office.

In a Wednesday AST dispatch, troopers say they were informed at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday of a burglary at the office.

“Investigation determined the Council office was broken into during the early morning hours and a safe with an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen,” troopers wrote. “Damage to the building was minimal.”

In conjunction with Koliganek’s village public safety officer, responding troopers arrested 20-year-old Jairus Nelson in the case.

APD spokesperson Megan Peters says the safe in the village council’s office was about 18 inches square, and wasn’t bolted down or secured within the room.

“(E)veryone in the village knew where it was,” Peters wrote. “It is a small safe that can be carried away…and was.”

Nelson was arrested and charged with one count each of disorderly conduct, second-degree burglary and theft, and fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was taken to the Dillingham Jail pending arraignment.

Peters says Nelson had no cash on him when he was arrested, and troopers are still trying to locate both the safe and the funds it contained.