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Fairbanks man charged with using backhoe to steal truck

November 29, 2019

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A 51-year-old Fairbanks man suspected of using a backhoe to steal a truck has been charged with felony vehicle theft and evidence tampering.

Raymond Sharp is also charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass and violating conditions of release.

He is represented by the Alaska Public Defender Agency. Attorney Justin Racette said by email Friday he had no comment on the case.

Alaska State Troopers shortly before noon Wednesday took a report of a person dragging away vehicles with a backhoe north of Fairbanks.

Trooper investigators say Sharp used the heavy equipment to tow a truck and attempted to hide the truck in his yard by covering it with other items.

Sharp was arrested and remained jailed Friday at Fairbanks Correctional Center.