Vehicle and vehicle-related thefts are a growing concern for police on the peninsula and north through Anchorage and the valley as Anchorage Police report vehicle thefts in their city have jumped 73% in the past year. More than 90% of those vehicles are eventually recovered, but prosecutors say it can be difficult to prove the thefts, even when someone else is found driving the vehicle, unless there is proof “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the person found in the car was the same one who stole it. Smith and Johnson were both remanded to Wildwood Pre-Trial Facility. As of Tuesday morning, online records show both men are still in custody. The alleged theft was reported at 1:15pm. Officers investigated and arrested 29-year-old Jonathon D. Smith of Kenai and 36-year-old Travis Johnson, who was reported as a transient. Both were initially charged with two counts of Theft in the Third Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree. Johnson was also arrested for Misdemeanor $250 Soldotna Alaska State Trooper warrant for Failure to Appear for Arraignment, original charge Theft in the Third Degree. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Police officers arrested two men on Friday, January 13, after a report from a local business that the males were attempting to cut a light bar off a vehicle. With the passage of SB91, thefts of less than $2,000 are not a felony (the previous threshold was $750), which means the theft of some older vehicles is only a misdemeanour and a first offense may not carry any jail time. Lawmakers say repeat offenders will still face increasing penalties.