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Local teens arrested in scam
A total of 15 local teens were arrested after a massive scam at the Eagle River Wal-Mart was uncovered.
According to police, the teens – males and females who were identified as juniors and seniors at Chugiak High – operated a scheme in which employees at the store removed bar codes from expensive items and replaced them with inexpensive ones. Other teens would then come in to the store and purchase the items for dramatically rolled-back prices.
For example, police said, the group got away with a $400 camcorder for $1.74 and a $150 DVD player for 34 cents.
“Such a deal!” said Anchorage police spokesman Ron McGee.
In all, about $10,000 worth of items were stolen, though police said many of the suspects had returned items.
“The vast majority of these people, once they realized what they had done, came into me and confessed, did what they did to get the property back, and are looking at the consequences,” Baker said.
Snowfall leads to accidents
Anchorage police said 38 motorists found themselves in the ditch in the Eagle River area on Monday after the season’s first snowfall. Most were on the Glenn Highway.
Police said that, municipality-wide, there were a total of 34 accidents on the first snow day and 58 vehicles in the ditch.
“Take it slow,” said McGee.
Curtain lifts on CHS theater season
The theater season got underway at Chugiak High, where the school’s drama department was preparing to present “The Chalk Circle,” a Bertold Brecht play based on a Chinese drama about a woman who steals a newborn baby and raises it as her own.both passengers got out of the vehicle and called 911.