A Kodiak man was charged with a felony and multiple misdemeanors after allegedly breaking into a Kodiak residence and stealing items from the home.
Dakota Benton, 23, was charged with burglary in the first degree, a class B felony; theft in the fourth degree, a class B misdemeanor; criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor; misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a class A misdemeanor; and violations of conditions of release, a class B misdemeanor.
On Feb. 6 around noon, a Kodiak resident reported to Alaska State Troopers that Benton had broken into her home on Rezanof Drive by kicking in a downstairs entry door. The resident stated that Benton then fled on foot, wearing all black and carrying a black backpack. The resident believed the backpack contained stolen items from her residence. She was able to identify Benton because they attended school together, according to an affidavit.
Alaska State Troopers and the Kodiak Police Department responded to the call to search for Benton. Troopers located footprints indicating that Benton had fled into the wooded area near Kodiak College. By following the footprints, troopers located Benton hiding behind a downed tree. Benton’s clothing and backpack matched the description given by the Kodiak resident, and he was recognized from prior law enforcement contacts, according to the affidavit.
Benton was taken into custody at the Kodiak Jail on four outstanding warrants.
A search warrant was granted for Benton’s backpack, revealing a laptop computer and wireless keyboard, valued at less than $250, according to court documents. Damage to the door that had been broken in was estimated at $300. A vial containing a white crystalized substance found in the backpack tested positive for methamphetamine. Benton faces multiple charges from previous offenses, including theft in the second degree, a Class C felony, and tampering with physical evidence, a class C felony, from an offense dated September 2019.