A Kodiak man faces felony charges of burglary and theft of a firearm following a Monday incident, according to a court affidavit.
Jake Orozco, 28, was arrested by Alaska State Troopers on Tuesday and faces one count of felony burglary in a dwelling, two counts of felony theft of a firearm, one misdemeanor for property damage, and four counts violation of conditions of release for a previous felony.
The Alaska State Troopers in Kodiak received a call from a woman Monday stating that her daughter’s residence had been broken into while she was fishing. Because the apartment was attached to the mother’s commercial business, surveillance camera footage caught the incident on tape.
The mother told troopers that she had found the apartment door jam broken and the front door pried open, causing about $500 in property damage, according to the court documents. The only missing items were two rifles, including a custom-built stainless bolt-action commissioned by the late father. The custom-built rifle included its owner’s engraved initials.
The mother provided AST a copy of the camera footage, which showed a small blue SUV pulling into the parking lot at about 1:30 a.m. Monday. A man was then seen walking around the property and spent about 90 minutes trying to pry open the apartment door.
The affidavit states the suspect finally pried the door open with a square shovel taken from the SUV before entering the apartment. The video footage shows the man leaving the apartment with two rifles — one the bolt-action firearm and the other a Marlin .22 rifle. The video footage captures the subject unplugging one of the video cameras on the building before driving away.
The trooper assigned to the case immediately recognized the suspect as Orozco from previous contacts with him.
The trooper later learned that Kodiak Police Department was investigating a stolen vehicle taken from a Dog Bay parking area, which matched the description of the blue SUV in the surveillance footage. KPD later recovered the vehicle — which still contained the shovel — on East Rezanof Drive.
AST attempted to locate Orozco in the Kodiak area and found him on Tuesday at Hillside Drive, where he was observed wearing the same clothing seen in the video at the time of the break-in. Orozco was read his rights but refused to answer any questions or reveal the location of the missing rifles.
According to the court documents, Orozco was wearing an electronic monitoring device from two previous felonies. The tracking data was pulled, revealing that Orozco had been at the apartment at the time of the burglary. Orozco was arraigned Wednesday in court.