ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — An Anchorage man was convicted of four felonies in the month of October alone stemming from two different cases involving theft, burglary, and criminal mischief.
On Oct. 11, 2017, Nicholas Philemonoff, 39, was arrested for vehicle theft and second degree theft, after being reported driving a stolen vehicle according to Anchorage Police.
Philemonoff was charged with vehicle theft and theft in the second degree, while two other passengers with him were charged with criminal mischief. The criminal mischief charges were the first under an updated Municipal ordinance aimed at cracking down on people joyriding in stolen vehicles.
APD says when he was stopped, Philemonoff was driving away from an area where he and another person were attempting to trade tires for marijuana, and when officers stopped the vehicle, they discovered the ignition had been "punched" with a screw driver and the steering column destroyed.
On Oct. 31, An Anchorage jury convicted Philemonoff of first degree vehicle theft in that case.
Oct. 8, another Anchorage jury convicted him of first degree theft, second degree burglary, and third degree criminal mischief in a separate case. Evidence in that case showed that Philemonoff broke into a commercial marijuana grow facility, stole more than $25,000 worth of marijuana, and damaged property.
Philemonoff is also facing charges of bribery of a public servant, assault, witness tampering, and resisting arrest in a St. Paul case.
His sentencing for both of the Anchorage cases is scheduled for February.