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Truck Thief Sentenced for Possession of Unlawful Weapon

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that Timothy Keith Igou, 31, of Anchorage, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess to 37 months in prison, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.


On Dec. 9, 2016, Alaska State Troopers (“AST”) attempted to stop Igou while he was driving a stolen Ford F-250 pickup truck in Palmer, Alaska.  Igou fled from AST leading to a high-speed chase down Matanuska Road, which ended when he drove onto an ATV trail and crashed the truck into a tree.  Igou ditched the truck and proceeded to run off through the woods.  Prints in the snow led AST to a stolen National Park Service trailer with stolen license plates, where Igou was found hiding and was ultimately arrested. 


Inside the stolen truck was a loaded handgun.  Located on his cell phone was a photograph of a person’s hand, taken inside a Ford F-250 truck, holding the handgun.  Forensic evidence showed that Igou had used his phone to search the internet for information related to the gun’s serial number.  The phone also contained numerous Craigslist entries related to the sale of handguns.  In one text message from Oct. 20, 2016, the Igou wrote, “Can u givehim [sic] my gun[?]”


Also located in the stolen truck were a glass pipe with a white residue of methamphetamine, dozens of vehicle keys (one set of about a dozen Ford keys and set of about a dozen GMC / Chevy keys located in the console), and two license plates (one that was registered to the stolen truck). 


Igou had previously been convicted of a felony drug crime and a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.  As someone convicted of a felony, as well as a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, Igou was prohibited from possessing firearms.


At sentencing, Judge Burgess noted that the defendant was a danger to the community, and that his sentence was intended to both protect the public and deter the defendant from future criminal acts.  Judge Burgess said that the defendant’s conduct was “felony stupid.”  Judge Burgess pointed out that while the defendant’s dangerous acts did not result in any injuries, “this could have been much more serious to you than it turned out to be.”  “The type of behavior you’re involved in, people end up dead,” said Judge Burgess.


The case was the product of an investigation by the National Park Service, the Alaska State Troopers, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Reardon prosecuted the case.

Updated January 8, 2018

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