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Anchorage Police Department
Monday July 2nd, 2018 :: 02:29 p.m. AKDT

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Multiple arrests in stolen vehicle investigations; Subarus new target

**Spelling correction: suspect's name is spelled Gwendalyn Brooks

Since Friday, officers with the Patrol Division and detectives with Property Crimes Unit made 7 arrests in connection with vehicle theft investigations.
 
Below is a summary of the arrests:
 
-              Chelsey Sallaffie (24 years old) was arrested for Vehicle Theft 1, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Reckless Driving, Harassment 1, Assault 4, Theft 2, and Resisting Arrest. On Friday, June 29th at 3:15PM, officers were dispatched to the 3900 block of Oregon Dr. for a report of a reckless driver. During the traffic stop, officers discovered the vehicle was reported stolen. They took Sallaffie, the driver of the red Chevy pickup, in custody. Sallaffie was screaming and being uncooperative with officers while being detained. She was kicking at officers and spit in one officer’s face. Officers also discovered the she was wanted for a hit and run collision that occurred earlier that day at 5th Avenue & Cordova Street.  APD Case: 18-26117 and 18-26125
 
-              Lydia Barce (25 years old) was arrested for Vehicle Theft 1, Theft 2, and Theft 4. On Saturday, June 30th at around 3:30AM, officers with the Patrol Division were in the area of the 4600 block of Spenard Rd. when they observed a 1991 red Subaru Legacy in the parking lot of the Alex Hotel with Barce in the driver’s seat. The Subaru was reported stolen. APD Case: 18-25961
 
-              Mary Waskey (34 years old) was arrested for Vehicle Theft 1 and Theft 2. On Saturday, June 30th at around 3:15PM, officers with the Patrol Division were dispatched to the 7500 block of Boundary Ave to recover a stolen 1999 green Subaru that was in Waskey’s possession. She was taken into custody. APD Case: 18-26158
 
-              Gwendalyn Brooks (30 years old) was arrested for two counts of Vehicle Theft 1, two counts of Theft 2, Eluding, and Resisting Arrest. On Sunday, July 1st at around 1:50PM, officers with the Patrol Division ran a license plate of a 1987 gray Toyota pickup in the Airport Heights area and the vehicle was listed as stolen. When a traffic stop attempt was made, the driver – later identified as Brooks – refused to pull over and kept driving. When officers finally stopped the vehicle, Brooks exited and started to run; she was apprehended and the passengers were called out of the truck. Brooks was uncooperative when being questioned by police. She was taken into custody as well as the other passengers. Through the investigation, there was enough evidence to confirm that Brooks had stolen another vehicle as well – a 2005 red Chevy pickup that had been reported stolen the day before. APD Case: 18-25444 and 18-26226
 
-              Tashia Lee Seton (27 years old) was a passenger in the stolen gray pickup with Gwendalyn Brooks. She was found to be in possession of meth at the time of the incident. Seton was arrested for Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance 2, Criminal Mischief 5, and an existing Misdemeanor Warrant for Fail to Appear. APD Case: 18-25444
 
-              Florence Giannini (50 years old) was also a passenger in the stolen gray pickup with Gwendalyn Brooks. Giannini was arrested for Criminal Mischief 5. APD Case: 18-25444
 
-              Joseph Artz (31 years old) was arrested for Vehicle Theft 1 and Theft 2. On Sunday, July 1st at around 3:55PM, officers with the Patrol Division located a stolen vehicle in the Carrs parking lot (5600 Debarr Rd.)  The vehicle, a 2003 blue Toyota Four Runner, was unoccupied. When Artz returned to the vehicle, he was taken into custody. APD Case: 18-26395
 
Detectives have also discovered the thieves are now targeting late 1990’s model Subarus. The suspects are shaving or filing down keys and using them to open the doors and start the vehicles. The attached photo is from arrest of Lydia Barce in which multiple keys were found possibly connected to other investigations.

For tips on vehicle theft prevention, click this link: www.nicb.org/prevent-fraud-theft/prevent-auto-theft

 

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