Alaska man chases 4-wheeler thieves on his snowmachine, kicks one off

Published: Dec. 8, 2017 at 7:48 AM AKST
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Troopers in the small Alaskan town of St. Mary's arrested an alleged ATV thief after following tracks in freshly fallen snow for 18 miles.

The vehicle's owner gave chase on a snowmachine, and during the pursuit, kicked one of the two suspects off the back of the vehicle they were stealing from him.

It started at 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, when a "vehicle theft in progress" was reported. St. Mary's troopers were in Mountain Village when the call came in.

The owner of a four-wheeler said he saw two men starting his vehicle up and driving away. According to troopers, he wasn't taking the theft lying down.

"The owner jumped on a snow machine and was able to catch up to the four-wheeler, knocking the passenger off by kicking him," troopers wrote in their report.

The passenger, later identified as a 16-year-old from Pitka's Point, was able to get back on the four-wheeler after being kicked off. The four-wheeler was eventually found abandoned near the sewage lagoon in neighboring Pitka's Point.

From there, troopers tracked footprints in the snow for another half a mile before finding Anthony Deveroux, 29, of Anchorage, as well as the unnamed 16-year-old, inside a residence.

In addition to the vehicle theft, Deveroux was also charged for the loaded handgun he was holding. Deveroux, a convicted felon, is prohibited from possessing firearms.

He was arrested on charges related to stealing the ATV and possessing a handgun. The 16-year-old was released to his parents, with charges being forwarded to the juvenile justice system.

Troopers said alcohol was a factor in the events.