Kyle Dwiggins, who was being sought by police for allegedly bilking victims out of some $130,000 in two separate scams , was taken into custody in a Midtown parking lot Thursday night, police reported this morning.
Dwiggins, the 26-year-old owner of a company called Sooner Repairs, is accused of failing to complete home-repair work for which he'd been paid and for stealing rental deposits for an apartment that wasn't his.
Here's a statement issued this morning by Anchorage police:
On December 22, 2011, at about 9:15 p.m., Kyle Dwiggins was taken into custody without incident in the parking lot of a strip mall located at 510 West Tudor Road by members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force. His capture ended a week-long manhunt for Dwiggins who was wanted on multiple charges of theft and scheme to defraud.
During the summer of 2011, Dwiggins had developed a flyer under the business name of Sooner Repairs and claimed to be licensed, bonded and insured to do home remodeling projects. Dwiggins would provide bids to his victims and would require a down payment of 50% for the project in order to obtain supplies. Dwiggins would either not show up for the job or would begin a project and not return to finish it. Dwiggins managed to defraud at least 15 victims in this incident.
Dwiggins was also involved in a second scam where he posted his apartment, which he was preparing to move out of, for rent on Craigslist. He showed the apartment to six people and collected first months’ rent and a security deposit from each of these victims. It is estimated that Dwiggins scammed approximately $130,000 in total from his 21 victims.
Dwiggins was booked into the Anchorage Jail with bail set at $40,000 plus third party custodian.
The United States Marshals Task Force is a joint task force that apprehends fugitives in Alaska. It is made up of members from the U.S. Marshals Service, Alaska State Troopers and the Anchorage Police Department.