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A Wasilla man is facing dozens of charges following the investigation of a string of thefts that led to the damage of vehicles.

Tristen Balthazore, 24, has been charged with first-degree theft, scheme to defraud, 21 counts of second-degree theft, 21 counts of third-degree criminal mischief and 13 counts of first-degree criminal mischief. According to the Alaska State Troopers, Balthazore targeted catalytic converters, hitting 21 vehicles. In total there was more than $42,000 in damage to those vehicles.

The Palmer Criminal Suppression Unit started its investigation in early January. The investigation included similar cases in October of 2019. Balthazore was arrested on Jan.15. Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the Wasilla Police Department’s K9 Echo assisted the suppression unit in the arrest.

Balthazore was arraigned Thursday afternoon and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. Additional charges are expected, troopers said.

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