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If you have any information about these crimes or any person(s) involved, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 745-3333 or submit a Web Tip on this secure website.  You do not have to give your name.  Your call could earn you up to $1000.00, if the information leads to the arrest or criminal indictment of suspect(s). 

10/14/2012 - AST #AK12241292 Theft, Burglary, Trespassing

On Monday, 10/08/12 at approximately 10:30 AM Alaska State Troopers responded to the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish on Bogard Road in Wasilla for the report of burglary and theft. Investigation revealed sometime between 10/07/2012 at 6:00 PM and 10/08/2012 at 8:00 AM, an unknown person entered the Parish and stole approximately $6900 worth of religious-specific property and damaged items valued at approximately $100. The investigation is continuing.

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9/19/2012 - AST #AK12235402 Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Theft

On Thursday, 9/13/2012 at approximately 5:50 PM, Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence on Becky Lane in Big Lake for a reported burglary. Investigation revealed, the residence was broken into and a Bosch power box radio, one case of Gatorade, and various food items were stolen from inside. The suspect disconnected the oil hose from an internal Toyo stove which leaked heating oil throughout the house, seeped through the floors, and caused severe damage.

Estimated damage to the residence is $8,000.00. Investigation continues.

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9/15/2012 - AST #AK12233357 Malicious Mischief of Public Property
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On September 4, 2012, Alaska State Troopers received a report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game involving extreme vandalism occurring sometime around September 1st to the restrooms located at Reflections Lake and the Knik River Access.  This facility is located along the Glenn Highway in the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge.  It was reported that someone discharged over 16 rounds from a firearm into the restroom doors and indications are that no one was inside the restrooms at the time.  Door handles and other improvements at the site were also vandalized.   In a separate incident, sometime between September 2nd and September 13th, someone riddled a kiosk and interpretive panels with bullet holes.  The total estimate of damages is $5,000. 

Of note, these facilities were installed by the Mat-Su Borough and Alaska Department of Fish & Game as part of the National Scenic Byways Program and the interpretive kiosk was installed by a local Boy Scout as part of his Eagle Scout community service program. 

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9/5/2012 - WPD #12-1373 Burglary
On Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at approximately 8:10 PM, Wasilla Police responded to a report of a burglary on Bay View Drive.  The residence was burglarized sometime between August 26 and August 28 and entrance was believed to have been obtained through the locked front door.  Music and camera equipment including a Fender stage 160 amplifier, Boss and Eddie Van Halen Phase 90 brand pedals, GoPro Hero 2 camera, an Olympus Tough TG-820 digital camera, and a black Springfield Arms Co. .45 semi-automatic pistol were stolen.  Estimated loss is approximately $3,015.

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8/19/2012 - WPD #12-1245 Burglary
On Tuesday August 7, 2012 at 6:20 PM, Wasilla Police responded to a report of a burglary at a residence on Cache Drive which occurred between 5:15 PM and 6:15 PM. Investigation revealed the front door had been kicked in and a glass television stand was smashed across the living room resulting in $1,150 worth of damage to the residence.  The items stolen are described as a 55” black Sony LED Motion Flow television worth $4,000, a 15” MacBook with charger, mouse and Keyboard skin worth $1,000, an iPod with head phones worth $250, and a Universal Sony TV/VCR home theater remote worth $100.  Total amount of loss and damage is estimated at $6,500.

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8/9/2012 - Palmer PD #12-4713 Arson

On Tuesday August 7, 2012 at 3:33 AM, a caller phoned 911 to report a fire at the Matanuska Maid Building in downtown Palmer. Palmer Fire & Rescue responded to the scene, with mutual aid assistance from the Mat-Su Central Fire Department. Palmer Fire & Rescue Chief John McNutt arrived to see fire emerging from under the eaves of the building. Within moments, the entire roof of the structure was engulfed in flames.

A perimeter was established, and aerial (ladder) apparatus from both Palmer and Mat-Su Central surrounded the fire using the aerial apparatus to fight the blaze. A total of 31 fire apparatus were on scene to assist. There were no reports of injuries, but the historical building is a total loss. The fire was knocked down by 6:40 AM, and crews remained to monitor the safety of the scene. The State of Alaska Fire Marshal’s office was called to the scene to assist in the investigation into the cause and origin of this fire. 

 It was reported a silver 4 door pickup was seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed when the fire was first detected.

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8/9/2012 - WPD #12-1183 Burglary

On Monday July 30, 2012, Wasilla Police received a report of a burglary at residence on Pioneer Drive. The burglary occurred sometime over the weekend of July 27 through July 30. Entrance was possibly made through the rear door. Eight firearms were stolen totaling approximately $2,840. The stolen firearms are:

Smith & Wesson K-15 .38 special Revolver with basket weave holster
Mossberg 12 ga blued pump action shotgun
AMT Automag II stainless steel .22 pistol with Uncle Mikes Holster
Charter Arms Undercover .38 pistol with pancake holster
Taurus Undercover .357 pistol with pancake holster
Smith & Wesson .44 blued pistol with pancake holster
Smith & Wesson .357 mag with Uncle Mikes holster
Smith & Wesson .357 mag blued pistol with pancake holster

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7/13/2012 - AST #AK12215612 Structure Fire - Suspicious

On Thursday 6/28/12 at approximately 12:30 AM, Troopers responded to 24350 W. Pool Drive in Willow for the report of a structure fire. Investigation by Mat-Su Borough Fire and Troopers determined the structure had no known source of ignition within the structure and was an abandoned building. Fire personnel also determined there were no individuals inside the structure at the time of the fire as the fire was extinguished. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is responding to assist with the investigation into the cause and origin of the fire. The value of the property according to the Mat-Su Borough web site is $42,500. Investigation is continuing

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7/13/2012 - AST #AK12218446 Burglary II, 2 Counts Vehicle Theft 1, Theft 1, Theft II


On Monday 7/9/12 at approximately 8:00 AM, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a burglary from the Alaska Division of Forestry building on Woodrow Loop in Palmer. Investigation revealed multiple forestry items were stolen sometime over the weekend to include several Stihl chainsaws, computers, personal items of crew members, and two vehicles. The two vehicles stolen from the forestry building are a silver 2002 Toyota Tundra bearing Alaska License plate FHA176 and a white 1998 Toyota Tacoma bearing Alaska License plate EPD399.  


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7/10/2012 - WPD #12-778 Burglary

On May 24, 2012, at 7:18 PM, Wasilla Police responded to an apartment complex on Heritage Drive for a report of a Burglary. Two residents reported their apartments had been broken into sometime during the day. There was damage to the doorjamb, deadbolt and doorknob. One victim states he is missing tools and an X-Box game console. The second victim is missing his Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun, Asus laptop computer and approximately 20 blue ray movies. Total loss is approximately $2,000. No suspects have been identified at this time and investigation continues.

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