Crime in our “city”
Vandals damage flagpole
(From the Knik Arm Courier, June 21, 1972)
The flagpole that was located atop the canopy at the Eagle River Shopping Center was damaged by vandals last week.
They apparently had hooked onto the rope of the pole with a car and bent the steel pole double.
The following night they finished the job by pulling the pole all the way down from the building.
Glenn Briggs, head of the Shopping Center Corporation, said he had not made any immediate plans to replace the pole.
Jewelry factory burglarized
(Knik Arm Courier, Feb. 28, 1962)
OLD CHUGIAK — Fred Bustrin, of Mile 18.5, reported that on Feb. 23, someone had broken into his shop located in the Chugiak Washeteria Building and stolen a number of pieces of the jewelry which he manufactures there.
Bustrin, who designs the “Chief Chugiak” line of jewelry, told State Troopers that approximately $50 worth of jewelry and trinkets had been taken.
Entry had been gained through the door from the Wesheteria, which had been unlocked. The shower room of the Washeteria had been open to the public at the time, and the names of patrons of the showers at that time are being checked.
**Note: The Washeteria was located right behind Fuji Gifts, which recently closed. The washers were the old wringer type, and two shower stalls were located at the rear of the laundry room. It was a busy place in those days.
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