Two men accused of stealing trailer

A man who recently pleaded guilty to attempted vehicle theft and another man accused of theft, burglary and trespassing in a separate case were indicted last week after they allegedly stole a trailer from a Soldotna commercial lot.

Therin L. Crauthers, 30, and Jonathon D. Smith, 30, were indicted March 21 on two counts of second-degree vehicle theft, according to court documents. The two also face misdemeanor criminal trespassing charges.

Smith and Crauthers were reportedly caught on surveillance footage in a commercial warehouse lot just after midnight on Feb. 9 hooking a carpet installation trailer to a pickup and driving off, according to an Alaska State Trooper affidavit.

The two allegedly first tried to steal a different trailer parked in the lot, but abandoned the effort after finding the trailer hitch locked, according to troopers.

In a separate case, Smith was indicted on 11 criminal counts on March 21 for allegedly breaking into a home and several cars, siphoning gas, and illegal drug possession, according to court documents.

Crauthers pleaded guilty to attempted vehicle theft in March, after he was found in a Soldotna residential driveway inside an SUV reported stolen in February.

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