Freaky Friday: Man Uses Front-End Loader to Burgle Alaska Liquor Store
Slow-Speed Chase Ensues Before Police Apprehend Driver
An Alaska man allegedly stole a front-end loader, smashed through a liquor store, and led the police on a slow-speed chase through Anchorage before being apprehended by the authorities, according to Alaska Dispatch News.
The crimes occurred around 3 a.m. Thursday morning. Witnesses first noticed the suspect at 3:20 a.m. as he drove the CAT front-end loader through the storefront of the Brown Jug liquor store in the Midtown neighborhood of Anchorage. According to bystanders, the driver then entered the store and took some bottles before getting back into the loader and taking off. Once police were notified, they pursued the man in a slow-speed chase before blocking his path through an RV park at 3:30. Watch the full video of the chase below.
The 38-year-old driver was arrested, and the police report notes he had a strong scent of alcohol on his breath and that he performed poorly on field sobriety tests. (Saw that one coming.) Thieving scottles of botch and destroying a liquor store weren’t the man’s only crimes that night, as he also allegedly stole the front-end loader he used in the crimes.
Owned by Green Acres Landscaping Construction and Aquascapes, the loader was housed in a construction yard in South Anchorage. The driver gained access to the yard and took the loader, using it to break through the yard gate. Authorities say the loader and gate suffered minimal damage in the spree, but the liquor store was still closed as of last night.
Hilariously, the owners of Green Acres commended the man’s driving, saying he clearly knew how to operate the machinery—even while drunk. Speaking to Alaska Dispatch News, co-owner Trina Gaskov said, "He's obviously a good driver, 'cause he was drunk off his butt, but he was still driving really good.” Still, we doubt she would advocate such behavior.
The man was charged with driving under the influence, burglary, theft, criminal mischief, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. He is being held on $30,000 bail and $50,000 performance bond, according to the news outlet.
We’re sure there’s a moral in this story somewhere, but “Don’t get drunk, steal a front-end loader, destroy a liquor store, and lead police on a slow-speed chase” seems a bit on the nose.
Source: Alaska Dispatch News