ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Palmer Grand Jury indicted nine people on a total of 72 felony charges on Thursday, in relation to 38 stolen firearms from the Three Bears store on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway on Sept. 18, according to state trooopers.
The Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Palmer Police Department participated in a joint investigation that resulted in the arrest of: Amber Helmann, 30, and Christopher Everly, 18, of Wasilla; John Stern, 19, Mitchell Cupp, 24, Joseph Price, 24, of Palmer; Joseph Owens, 18 and Laurie Plyler, 24, of Eagle River and Kevin Angel, 29, of Chugiak.
A 16-year-old male from Palmer also was arrested and is being charged as a juvenile, according to troopers.
A majority of the stolen firearms have been recovered, and investigators from the joint agency investigation are continuing to search for the remaining firearms.
ATF is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the recovery of the remaining firearms and the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the theft.