A Kodiak man was charged with burglary and theft after he was allegedly seen Tuesday entering an empty house on Spruce Haven Drive while the residents were away fishing, according to court documents.   

Michael Denato, 40, was charged with burglary in the first degree, a class B felony, and theft in the fourth degree, a class B misdemeanor.

Alaska State Troopers received a report at approximately 2:15 p.m. Tuesday about a possible break-in. A man wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans was seen walking around the property checking windows and doors before entering the home through a rear sliding glass door, according to an affidavit. 

Spruce Haven Drive is a dead-end road with properties accessed from a private drive opposite Kodiak Baptist Mission on Mission Road, the documents stated. 

After arriving at the home, troopers spoke to a man outside the house who matched the description of the report. They identified him as Denato by his Alaska driver’s licence. 

According to the documents, Denato told troopers he was given permission to be in the home. 

While speaking to Denato, a trooper allegedly saw a large kitchen knife sticking out of Denato’s back right pocket. The trooper removed the knife and identified it as a Victorianox knife. Denato said that the knife was found inside the home. 

After detaining Denato, the troopers entered the house through the sliding door. After verifying there was no one in the house, they saw a matching set of Victorinox kitchen knives inside the home. 

The troopers later verified that the residents of the house had asked a family member, among others, to watch over the property in their absence. The troopers confirmed by a telephone call with the residents that they had not given Denato permission to enter the home. 

The trooper confiscated the Victorianox kitchen knife found in Denato’s pocket as evidence, and arrested Denato without bail. 

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