Anchorage police say a K-9 unit tracked down a man hiding in a culvert after he allegedly burglarized an occupied Stuckagain Heights home Monday evening.
According to a Tuesday statement from APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro, 31-year-old Joseph Belmont was ultimately arrested in the incident. She says police were first called to the home, on the 6300 block of Kalmia Drive, shortly after 8:15 p.m. Monday.
“Residents inside the home retreated to the basement and reported to police they could hear footsteps and people talking upstairs,” Castro wrote. “Police responded to the scene and discovered no other occupants in the home in addition to the residents. An unattended stolen vehicle was discovered by police nearby.”
Initial reports indicated that police found a rear door at the home kicked in, briefly forming a perimeter around the house during their investigation.
“A K-9 track was launched and K-9 Aerie was able to locate a male subject hiding inside a nearby culvert about a half mile from the residence,” Castro wrote. “A preliminary investigation by police determined that the male hiding in the culvert was the burglary suspect.”
Police believe Belmont also tried to break in to a home on the 7000 block of Montagne Circle. He faces one first-degree count each of burglary and vehicle theft, one count of second-degree theft and two counts of third-degree criminal mischief.