6 years ago this week
Grinch hits Eagle River
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, 2006 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.
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 [vandal’s] residences,” said APD officer Karl Skifvars.