Thieves flee with Fuji trees

Brazen theft happened in broad daylight


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An arborvitae tree sits in front of Fuji Gifts earlier this summer. This tree — along with 11 others — were stolen on June 21. Til Wallace is asking anyone with information about their whereabouts to call 240-3630.

MATT TUNSETH

Some Chugiak thieves marked this year’s summer solstice by stealing from two old men and a bunch of wounded veterans.

Til Wallace, who first arrived in the area in the 1950s, said someone took a dozen arborvitae trees from outside Fuji Gifts, a landmark Chugiak gift store that was owned by the late Art Wallace, Til’s brother.

“And on the longest day of the year,” Til said.

Til and another Wallace brother, Mike, recently helped liquidate Fuji Gifts, with the proceeds from an estate sale and upcoming auction going to benefit wounded veterans. The trees were also going to be sold for the cause, Wallace said.

“They’re stealing from vets,” Til said. “I don’t know how low you can get.”

The potted trees are about eight feet tall, emerald green and slender. They were taken from outside the store sometime on June 21. Anyone with information about the trees is asked to call 240-3630 or Anchorage Police.

 

Contact Matt Tunseth at 694-2727 or matt.tunseth@alaskastar.com

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