Eagle River cabin vandalized

Caretaker says same site was also hit in 2011, 2004


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Tom Staudenmaire stands outside a cabin on the 16,000 block of Domain Lane in Eagle River that was recently burglarized. Two trucks on the property were also damaged. Staudenmaire found one with a broken windshield and headlight, and the other truck’s passenger window was smashed. Six tires in the bed of one of the trucks were also stolen. He estimated the total damage at between $10,000 and $25,000.

MIKE NESPER

A small cabin in Eagle River recently suffered some big time vandalism.

When caretaker Tom Staudenmaire went to check on the cabin at the end of Domain Lane near St. Andrew Catholic Church, he found nearly all of its contents thrown outside. Boxes of paperwork littered the front yard. The stove and file cabinets were tossed down a nearby hill.

Two trucks on the property were also damaged. Staudenmaire found one with a broken windshield and headlight, and the other truck’s passenger window was smashed. Six tires in the bed of one of the trucks were also stolen.

Staudenmaire estimated the damage between $10,000 and $25,000.

Inside the cabin, the walls contained graffiti and several holes that appeared to have been made with a hammer. The vandals nailed the back door shut and replaced the front doorknob.

The Anchorage Police Department found signs of squatting — chips and soda were stored in drawers — according to the police report filed July 20. Staudenmaire said candles were still burning when he first arrived.

Staudenmaire has been the cabin’s caretaker since Rodney Udd bought the property in 1997. Staudenmaire had lived there until he suffered a stroke about three years ago.

Now, he said he checks on it about once a week.

This isn’t the first time the cabin has been vandalized. APD spokeswoman Dani Myren said similar reports were filed in 2004 and 2011.

In the seven times Staudenmaire said he remembers the cabin being vandalized over the years, none compare to the most recent incident.

“This is the worst,” he said. “They threw it all out.”

Staudenmaire said nearly all of the belongings in the cabin were his, and he’s hoping someone contacts the police with information about the incident.

“This just irritates the hell out of a person,” he said.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com.

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