Knik Little League snack shack broken into

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 15:25

A snack shack bandit has struck the Knik Little League.

“We’re furious!” the local Little League wrote on its Facebook page Monday after someone broke into the snack shack at Eagle River Lions Park on Eagle River Road sometime over the weekend.

According to the league, someone broke a lock off the snack shack, entered the building and stole petty cash, a karaoke speaker and a microphone as well as damaging the inside of the facility.

“Please share and ask your kids to monitor their social media and let you know if they see anything,” reads the message, which included a photo of damage to the outside door and an empty cash register.

On Tuesday, an APD spokesperson said officers were called to the location at around 5:30 p.m. Monday, where they found two doors open, including one with pry marks. Police said several items were taken, including an undisclosed amount of cash and food. The case is pending.

Snack shack coordinator Sandra Mullen said the league had enough cash on hand to replace the snacks and karaoke speaker thanks to a successful sponsorship effort this spring.

“Because we had such successsful sponsorships and community support, we’re able to recover from this,” Mullen said Tuesday.

Mullen said the snack shack has been broken into in each of the past three years, though the last two break-ins were not reported to police. She estimated that between stolen items and broken equipment, the league is out about $2,500.

She credited volunteers from Trustworthy Hardware with helping secure the broken side doors of the building Monday and said the snack shack would be open for business Tuesday.

The league has had a surge in participation over the past couple years, setting records both this year and last. More than 500 boys and girls participate in the Chugiak-Eagle River area league, which is in its 55th season.

Anyone with information about the case can contact the Anchorage Police Department in reference to case 18-23372.

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