A local man who allegedly stole a car and was found in possession of drugs faces multiple charges, according to a court affidavit.
Jacob Bernet, 35, is being charged with felony vehicle theft and misdemeanor misconduct involving a controlled substance, according to the documents.
On Sunday at 9:27 a.m. a local man reported to the Kodiak Police Department that his 1998 Ford Explorer had been stolen.
After speaking with the man, the responding officer also spoke with a witness who told the officer that, while he was conversing with someone outside at around 9 a.m., he saw a man — later identified as Bernet — riding a bicycle around a parking lot and then driving away in the vehicle, turning onto Center Avenue.
The witness described the suspect as a white man, tall and skinny, with a beard and blond, bushy hair, according to the affidavit.
The victim reportedly told the officer the vehicle had issues with doors not locking and that the keys had been left in the center console.
The responding officer and his colleague patrolled the area, finding Bernet near the city impound lot with the allegedly stolen vehicle at 10:19 a.m.
Through the Alaska Public Safety Information Network, Bernet is on probation for two other cases involving theft, burglary and fraud. He is also on Department of Corrections supervision for convictions of vehicle theft and theft.
Bernet told one of the officers that he was switching license plates from his 1998 Ford Taurus to the other vehicle.
The suspect was reportedly seen swapping the license plates between vehicles. The front license plate for the Explorer had already been attached to the front of the red Taurus while the Explorer’s rear plate was placed on the trunk of the red car.
According to the documents, Bernet agreed to speak to the police after being read his Miranda rights.
Bernet reportedly told police he had purchased the vehicle five days earlier from a man whose name he had forgotten. Initially, Bernet said he and the man had met in a shelter and there was a “For Sale” sign on the back of the Explorer. Bernet also said he called the seller of the vehicle.
The victim reportedly told police he did not sell the vehicle nor know the defendant.
After the victim and witness arrived on scene, the witness confirmed Bernet was the man he had seen earlier.
According to the documents, the victim said his car was valued at $1,200 and that some of the items left inside the car did not belong to him.
While searching Bernet, police found various syringes and packets of drugs, as well as other items, according to the documents.
One of the packages found in his jacket pocket contained a white crystalline substance that looked like methamphetamine. A test of that substance showed up positive for methamphetamine, according to the documents.