Press Release

Anchorage Man Sentenced for Vehicle Theft

January 10, 2017

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) On January 9, 2017, Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton sentenced 37 year old Tony Smart to spend two years in prison for vehicle theft. Smart was charged with one count of vehicle theft in the first degree, a class C felony, and was scheduled to begin a jury trial today.

On March 27, 2016, just after 11:00 p.m., an Alaska State Trooper from the Girdwood Post responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked on the Alyeska Highway in Girdwood. The Trooper made contact with Tony Smart, who was standing near the open driver’s side door with no one else nearby.  The Trooper determined that the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier that day from an Anchorage residence.

At today’s hearing, Judge Wolverton accepted Smart’s guilty plea and sentenced Smart to two years in prison. Judge Wolverton also ordered Smart to pay restitution to the victims. Smart has 32 prior criminal convictions in the State of Alaska since 1998, including two prior felony convictions and one prior vehicle theft conviction.

This case demonstrates that the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is aggressively prosecuting vehicle theft cases. There are currently more than 100 active prosecutions for felony vehicle theft pending in the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office.

CONTACT: District Attorney Clint Campion at (907) 269-6300 or clint.campion@alaska.gov. More information about the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is available at http://www.law.alaska.gov/department/criminal/adao.html.

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