Fairbanks man charged with using backhoe to steal truck

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A 51-year-old Fairbanks man suspected of using a backhoe to steal a truck has been charged with felony vehicle theft and evidence tampering.

Raymond Sharp is also charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass and violating conditions of release.

He is represented by the Alaska Public Defender Agency, which did not immediately respond to an email request for comment Friday.

Alaska State Troopers shortly before noon Wednesday took a report of a person dragging away vehicles with a backhoe north of Fairbanks.

Trooper investigators say Sharp used the heavy equipment to tow a truck and attempted to hide the truck in his yard by covering it with other items.

Sharp was arrested and remained jailed Friday at Fairbanks Correctional Center.

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