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Alaska suspect wanted for burglary is ID’d after locking his keys in getaway car

January 22, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Alaska suspect wanted for burglary is ID’d after locking his keys in getaway car

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A genius robbery suspect, accused of burglarizing two Alaska businesses, complicated plans for a clean get-away after locking his keys in his car and had to call a cab company to help him unlock the car door.

Police in North Pole, Alaska, located some 14 miles south of Fairbanks, are searching for 27-year-old Joseph Michael Barria on a warrant in connection with the burglaries of two local businesses.

Investigators say Barria robbed $6,000 worth of tools, stereo equipment, and other property from a laundry and a fitness center.

Surveillance video shows a man purportedly to be Barria on Jan. 6 carrying the stolen items from the establishments into his car, then in an attempt to make life easier, he pulls his car closer to the entryway, gets out and locks his keys in the car. A short time later, a cab shows up to help the man unlock the car door.

“The surveillance video is pretty good there,” said Steve Dutra, chief of the North Pole Police Department. The same video monitoring system was used in a kidnapping case. “It covers the entire parking lot and the highway,” Dutra said.

Police obtained Barria’s name and cellphone number from the cab company.

Authorities managed to recover $3,500 worth of stolen items in the trunk of Barria’s car.

Prosecutors charged Barria with armed burglary, felony theft, and misdemeanor mischief; a $10,000 warrant for Barria’s arrest was immediately issued by a judge.

The surveillance video indicated Barria was carrying a handgun and Dutra urged caution in approaching him.

“We have no indication he’s going to be hostile toward civilians, but yes, I would say, if he’s sighted, please call local law enforcement,” Dutra said.

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