On July 15, 2019, an adult female reported to APD that she had discovered the spare key to her red Chevy Malibu, which she kept inside the car, was gone. The victim stated she had allowed a male and female, whom she did not previously know, to stay at her residence for a couple of days. The victim asked the two to leave after she found drug paraphernalia left in the laundry room. The victim thought her spare key had been taken by the male who had changed the car’s oil for her.
Just after 3AM on July 18, 2019, the victim called APD to report her Chevy Malibu had been stolen 15 minutes prior while parked outside her residence on the 2200-block of Muldoon Road. Officers were able to locate the vehicle in the parking lot of Carrs Aurora Village; they saw three people walking away from the Chevy. Two of the suspects were detained by officers just outside Oaken Keg. The third person initially went into the store, immediately exited, and walked away from the scene. He was taken into custody by an officer across the street outside Walgreens. All three were transported to the Anchorage Police Department for questioning by detectives.
35-year-old Kennedy F. Tali, who was arrested outside of Walgreens, originally gave police a name that was not his own. His true identity was discovered during processing. During the pat search several vehicles keys and credit cards belonging to different people were found on his person. Tali was charged with Vehicle Theft I, Theft II – Larceny, Theft II – Access Device, False Information, and Possession of Motor Vehicle Theft Tools.
25-year-old Robert D. Mengelkamp was remanded at the Anchorage Jail on an outstanding warrant. He was additionally charged with Vehicle Theft I, Theft II, and Violation of Conditions of Release.
The third person was not charged. None of the men detained on July 18thwas the male who had been allowed to stay in the vehicle owner’s apartment during the time she believes her spare vehicle key was taken.