Time Was 12/15/11
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Grinch hits Eagle River homes
A burglar was hitting homes in Eagle River at a steady clip, with 12 homes broken into since Dec. 11, according to a story in the Dec. 19, 1996 edition of the Alaska Star.
According to police, the thief was using a similar method for breaking into homes, typically hitting them between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. by breaking doors and jams.
Homes in the Eaglewood, Parkview Terrace areas had been hit, in addition to Birchwood.
Computers, CDs, jewelry, guns and furs had been taken, indicating to police that they were dealing with a seasoned criminal.
“It’s somebody that has a better connection for getting rid of the property,” said Anchorage Police Det. Jim Anderson.
Church vandals apprehended
A pair of teenagers were taken to McLaughlin Youth Center after a pair of break-ins at the Church of the Wildwood in Eagle River.
According to police, the pair first broke in on a Saturday night and “wandered around,” spraying fire extinguishers, breaking picture frames and taking some stereo equipment.
Early Sunday morning, the pair returned to steal an undisclosed amount of money from the church’s safe.
Police were able to follow footprints through freshly-fallen snow “right up to one of the [vandals’] residences,” said APD officer Karl Skifvars.
The first suspect identified the second, and both ended up getting arrested on charges of burglary and criminal mischief.
Homestead monopolizes board game market
The Homestead Elementary PTA was selling specialized “Monopoly” games that had been altered to include local businesses like the Alaska Star, Sleepy Dog Café and the Sourdough Bowl. The PTA was hoping to sell 535 board games for $15 each, and had already sold half of its supply. If all the games were sold, the PTA said it would net $4,000 for the school’s computer system.