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Police: Burglary suspect cashed stolen check at island's only store

Sept. 16, 2013 at 3:05 PM

SAVOONGA, Alaska, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Authorities in Alaska said they arrested a man accused of trying to cash a stolen check at the only store in his village.

Alaska State Troopers stationed in Nome said they received a report last Tuesday that a .22 caliber pistol and some checks were among the items stolen from Savoonga resident Jody Madsen's home, the Anchorage Daily News reported Monday.

Troopers said the Savoonga Native Store, the only shop on the island, notified police that Ronald Kingeekuk, 22, cashed one of the stolen checks for $2,000 at the business.

"The Alaska State Troopers recovered each stolen item, including the .22 caliber pistol and upon further investigation linked R. Kingeekuk to the burglary," the troopers said in a dispatch.

Kingeekuk was arrested Saturday.

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