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Story last updated at 5:41 PM on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Troopers charge Anchor Point couple in string of burglaries

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer

An investigation into alleged identity theft helped Alaska State Troopers solve a series of burglaries in Anchor Point over the summer. Troopers charged an Anchor Point couple, Gedediah Nye, 28, and Sheena Cundiff, 29, with multiple burglary, theft and drug charges as a result of the investigation, including the alleged theft of a trailer the couple lived in on property where troopers said they did not have permission to camp.

Troopers broke the case on Sept. 9 when a man identified in a criminal complaint as E.O. reported someone stole $1,200 in savings bonds, check books, his Social Security card and a birth certificate from his Anchor Point home. E.O. said someone opened a Home Depot credit card in his name without his permission and charged $3,800 to it. Troopers said E.O. suspected Nye and Cundiff might have been involved in the thefts. E.O.'s roommate said he let Cundiff stay at the house while he and E.O. worked out of town.

Trooper Dan Brom went to a 1990 Nuwa travel trailer Cundiff and Nye lived in on Markoka Avenue in Anchor Point. Cundiff handed over the savings bonds, saying she got them from another woman. Brom contacted that woman who said she didn't know what Cundiff was talking about. Troopers got a search warrant and served it on the trailer.

"Once we got in with the search warrants, we had stuff at that parcel that belongs to a lot of other people in town," said Sgt. Dave DeCoeur, head of the Anchor Point Post, Alaska State Troopers.

They seized items belonging to E.O. as well as personal property and tax returns belonging to D.A.R., who had reported a cabin break in on Aug. 6, and property and military records belonging to P.D.H., who reported his 1992 Ford F-250 truck and the Nuwa trailer stolen on July 17. Troopers also discovered a duplicate Alaska driver's license had been issued in E.O.'s name, but that E.O. said he had not gotten one. The duplicate license photo did not match E.O.'s photo on file but did match Nye's photo, Brom alleged in his complaint.

Nye looks like E.O., DeCoeur said.

"Looking at the two photographs the individuals look very similar," he said of the photos.

Troopers are still sorting through the stolen property and documents and more charges could be forthcoming, DeCoeur said. Troopers also found methamphetamines, methadone and marijuana at the trailer, and charged Nye and Cundiff with fourth- and sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

DeCoeur credited Brom and Trooper Richard Chambers with their attention to detail in investigating the alleged burglaries.

"All hats off to my troopers," DeCoeur said. "I know the community in Anchor Point appreciates their work."

Nye and Cundiff are in custody at Wildwood Pretrial Facility, Kenai. In separate cases, both were charged with first-degree burglary, five counts; second-degree theft, four counts; first-degree vehicle theft, third-degree criminal mischief; fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, all felonies; fourth-degree criminal mischief; first-degree criminal trespass, two counts, and sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Nye also is charged with obtaining a credit card by fraudulent means, three counts of fraudulent use of an access device, two counts of obtaining identification by fraudulent means and third-degree forgery.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.