“Vandalism is prevalent in this area”
From the Knik Arm Courier, April 1, 1970:
Unidentified vandals broke one of the plate glass windows at the Eagle River branch of the First National Bank of Anchorage, sometime early last Saturday morning.
According to the Alaska State Troopers, the bottom section of an auto jack had been thrown through the glass.
Nothing appeared to have been taken, so it was assumed that the vandals did not make a “withdrawal.”
A large amount of merchandise stolen from the Peters Creek Shopping Center last Saturday has been recovered, according to Walter Purcell, owner of the store.
According to Purcell, entry to the store was gained by smashing the glass panel of the door to the liquor store.
An undetermined quantity of liquor and cigarettes was taken. Purcell said that youngsters playing discovered a cache of the merchandise hidden in the woods off a back road in the neighborhood.
Purcell estimated the value of the recovered merchandise at over $200. He stated that he suspected the break-in was the work of juveniles.
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