Police find one stolen vehicle, then a second one with the thief still inside

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Sometimes, when you go looking for one thing, you can inadvertently find another. That's just what happened with Anchorage Police Department officers early Thursday morning.

In a community alert issued at 9:20 a.m. on Thursday, police say officers were investigating a stolen vehicle found in an apartment building's parking lot in the 2400 block of Bentzen Circle. The car, a white 1991 Toyota 4-Runner, was empty. But earlier that morning, police spotted it driving on Tudor and attempted to pull it over.

The driver of that car, who has not been identified, fled from police and was not apprehended. Police later found the vehicle abandoned in the parking lot.

While officers were processing the stolen Toyota, a green 2001 Chevy Tahoe drove up. According to APD, that Chevy was also listed as stolen.

Unlike the Toyota, the Chevy was occupied. Police say the driver, identified as Tony Tuaato, 23, was arrested and transported to the Anchorage Jail after they contacted him.

"[Tuaato] was wanted on a felony warrant for theft," police wrote in the statement. "He was also in possession of a stolen handgun. Tuaatto faces charges of Vehicle Theft and Possession of a Stolen Firearm."

APD Spokesperson MJ Thim said that there were other passengers inside the car with Tuaato but that after questioning, no charges were filed against them.

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