North Pole man steals dumpsters from transfer site

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska A North Pole man is accused of stealing two dumpsters from the Holmes Road transfer site last fall.

According to charging documents filed in court yesterday, 41-year-old Andrew Vavra used a skid-steer to push the dumpsters across the yard and then attempted to empty them into the large dumpsters, leaving trash strewn across the ground and damaging a near-by fence. After which the suspect removed the dumpsters from transfer site property and transported them to a second location.

Alaska State Troopers identified Vavra as a suspect after receiving a community tip and went to his house in North Pole. Vavra lives nearby the transfer site and owns a Bobcat skid-steer.

When troopers arrived at the house there were fresh skid-steer tracks in front of Vavra's shop showing that his Bobcat had recently been used and a utility trailer, covered in trash debris, was backed up against the shop overhead door.

When questioned, Vavra told troopers that he had let a friend borrow his skid-steer and that he was at a friend’s house welding all night. Troopers asked him to open the shop door and after hesitating, he opened the overhead door, revealing the dumpsters.

He would not say who borrowed the skid-steer and said he would take the blame. Used lumber was found in and around the dumpsters within the shop; Vavra stated that he and his girlfriend were currently remodeling and had just removed part of an exterior wall.

Before Alaska Waste took the dumpsters, Vavra asked troopers if he could have something that was inside one of them, it was not stated in court documents what that item was.

Each dumpster was valued at $2,000 and Vavra also caused $1,630 of damage to the fence while taking the dumpsters.

He was charged with theft in the second degree and criminal mischief in the third degree, both felonies.