From: Lieutenant Krag Campbell
Case or Incident: #200720-002
*** Updated 07/23/2020 at 10:45 AM ***
During the investigation of the burglary at the valley Bullwinkles, officers and detectives recovered some of the suspect's clothing and all the stolen property in the woods nearby. As a result, 37-year-old Juneau resident Willis Austin Ehlers (AKA Billy Ehlers) was considered a person of interest in the break in.
JPD Detectives obtained search warrants for Mr. Ehlers and on 07/22/20 at about 5:00 PM, he was located near a residence in the 4200 block of Mendenhall Blvd. Mr. Ehlers was detained and brought back to JPD for questioning and the service of the search warrants.
Mr. Ehlers was later taken to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center where he was lodged on the charges of burglary 2nd degree, a class C felony, theft 2nd degree, a class C felony, and criminal mischief in the 3rd degree, a class C felony.
This case highlighted some really great work by JPD Officers and Detectives. Sometimes, all the pieces just fall in line together and we have the evidence to make a quick arrest before anyone else can be victimized. As always, thanks to our community members for all of their support.
On 07/20/20, at about 5:25 AM, the Juneau Police Department received a report of an alarm activation at 9108 Mendenhall Mall Road, the valley Bullwinkles.
JPD responded to the business and found the window on the outer front door was broken and the glass door on the inside of the entryway was shattered. As officers arrived at the business, a suspect ran from the back door of Bullwinkles, into the woods near an adjacent apartment complex. Police searched the area for the suspect, but they were not located.
Inside Bullwinkles, a prize vending machine was broken into, an office was gone through and the tills of the registers were pried open. Approximately $5,000 in damages was done to the building and it's estimated around $1,500 in property was stolen.
This case is currently under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact the Juneau Police Department at (907) 586-0600. Anonymous tips can be made through Juneau Crime Line.
All factual allegations contained in this release are based upon preliminary investigation and are subject to change or clarification as the investigation continues. Any charges reported in this release are merely accusations and all persons named in this release are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.