Wave of vehicle thefts crashes over Chugiak-Eagle River

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 08:55

Anchorage police responded to eight stolen vehicle reports in Chugiak-Eagle River between Sept. 24 and 30. Among the vehicles taken were two Chevy Silverados, an Acura Integra, a Polaris Razor, a Ford Taurus, a Dodge 2500, a Chevy 3500 and a Ford F-150. One vehicle contained a firearm, police said.

The rash of thefts is unusual for Eagle River, where so far there have been 64 reported stolen vehicles this year — or about one every four days — according to the department’s online crime mapping system.

Circumstances in the recent thefts ranged from unlocked vehicles stolen with the keys inside to locked vehicles without keys, police said.

On Tuesday, the department provided a brief synopsis of each theft and a description of the vehicles that were stolen:

- On Sept. 24 at around 2:45 p.m., police received a report that a blue 1992 Acura Integra was stolen from a location along the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River. Police said the vehicle owner told them the vehicle was locked, but there may have been a key inside. Police said the owner also reported there was a gun with ammunition inside the vehicle.

- On Sept. 26, police received a report that a 2013 Chevy Silverado and a 1997 Ford F-150 had been stolen from a residence on Sherman Street the day before. Police said the owner told them the Chevy was locked and parked behind a carport, while the Ford was parked in the carport with the keys in the ignition.

- On Sept. 26 at around 4:30 p.m., police received a report that a 2002 Chevy Silverado had been stolen from the parking lot at Chugiak High School. The owner said he let his son drive the truck to school and the keys were left inside. The owner said there was ammunition inside the vehicle but no firearms.

- On Sept. 28 at around 11 p.m., police received a report that a 2002 Ford Taurus had been stolen from a business on Birchwood Loop sometime over the previous two days.

- On Sept. 28 at around midnight, police received a report that a red 1988 Chevy 3500 pickup had been stolen from an apartment complex on the Old Glenn Highway. Police said the victim told them the vehicle was locked with no keys inside.

- On Sept. 30 at around 7 p.m., police received a report from a woman who said her flatbed trailer with a 2012 Polaris Razor on top was stolen from a residence on Almdale Avenue.

- On Sept. 30 at around 5 p.m., police received a report that a black 2003 Dodge 2500 had been stolen two days earlier from a location on Spring Brook Drive. Police said the vehicle owner told them a gate and fencing were damaged where it appeared the thieves ran through the gate.

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