UPDATE: Arrest made, Separate burglary and robbery incidents take place in Juneau days apart

    UPDATE: JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau Police reported Thursday morning that at approximately 10:41 PM Wednesday night, Keith Nelson was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant after being seen inside a business located in the 2800 block of Riverside Drive.

    Business staff recognized Nelson and called the police.

    This arrest comes after a Best Western employee reported a robbery in the lobby of the hotel early Tuesday morning.

    The employee told a young man that was not a guest and hanging out in the lobby that he needed to leave, at which point the man walked behind the counter and stole the money out of the cash drawer.

    The investigation revealed that no one was hurt during this incident and no weapons were used or displayed. An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen.

    JPD announced they were looking for Juneau resident Keith Joseph Nelson Jr. as a person of interest in relation to this case. There was an outstanding $20,000 Juneau AST warrant for Nelson Jr.’s arrest for Failure to Comply with Conditions of Probation, original charge two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree.


    ORIGINAL STORY POSTED TUESDAY:

    Juneau Police have responded to two separate incidents of robbery and burglary over the past few days.

    According to two JPD press releases issued Tuesday, the incidents occurred on Sunday and Tuesday .

    At about 2:14 p.m. Sunday, September 25th, JPD received a report that a building located in the 3500 block of North Douglas Highway had been burglarized.

    The property owner was at a business located in the building and noticed a door in the building was unlocked. There was also dirt on interior steps leading up to a private residence. As the man walked through the building, he noticed items were missing and things were in disarray. A JPD patrol officer and a JPD Detective responded to the scene.

    It appears that access was forcibly gained to the building through a second story window. Property is missing from a business office and a private residence located within the building. Stolen property includes two rifles, a large safe, cash, gold and jewelry valued at about $170,000.

    It is likely that the burglary occurred between 6:30pm on Saturday and 7:30am on Sunday.

    In the second incident, a Best Western employee reported being robbed by a man in the lobby of the hotel early Tuesday morning.

    At approximately 1:14 a.m., an employee of the Best Western located at 9300 Glacier Highway reported being robbed. The victim reported that a male had been hanging out in the hotel lobby, but he wasn’t a guest. The victim told the male that he needed to leave, at which point the male walked behind the counter and stole the money out of the cash drawer. The victim retreated into a back office and called the police.

    JPD officers arrived and searched the area. The male suspect was not located. The male is described as being between 17-25 years old, possibly Alaska Native, approximately 6’1” tall, with a thin build, and medium length dark hair. The suspect was wearing a long sleeve green “Carhart” t-shirt and blue jeans.

    A photo of this suspect, originally posted to JPD's Facebook page, is pictured in this story.

    The investigation revealed that no one was hurt during this incident and no weapons were used or displayed. An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen.

    JPD is looking for Juneau resident Keith Joseph Nelson Jr. as a person of interest in relation to this case. Nelson Jr. is described as a 20 year old Alaska Native male, 6’1” tall, 175 pounds, with black hair. There is an outstanding $20,000 Juneau AST warrant for Nelson Jr.’s arrest for Failure to Comply with Conditions of Probation, original charge two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree.

    Anyone with knowledge of Nelson Jr.’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact JPD immediately at 586-0600.

    The investigation continues into both cases.

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