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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). 

2/13/2017 - AST AK#17008589 Theft/Criminal Trespass
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On February 6, 2017, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of a diesel generator stolen from an outdoor storage building at the Chickaloon Tribal Council located at 21117 E. Myers Avenue in Sutton.  Investigation revealed the generator was purchased through a federal auction and a sticker with the number “32” as well as an auction lot number was affixed to it.  It is suspected the generator was stolen during the week of January 30th.  The generator is valued at over $33,000. 


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1/27/2017 - WPD #16-2407 Burglary

On Tuesday, 12-27-16, Wasilla Police responded to the Aurora Cemetery located off Wasilla Fishhook Road and Aspen Avenue in reference to a burglary from a storage shed. Stolen were a dozen Stihl saw blades, two grease guns, a number of rubber pipe fittings and gas from lawn equipment. The day and time of the burglary is unknown.  Total loss is approximately $250.

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12/19/2016 - AST #AK16072757 Burglaries in the Mat-Su Valley
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As the result of an on-going investigation, numerous items were seized under a search warrant, which were later determined to be stolen property from several residential burglaries. The items were suspected to be stolen around early October to mid-November 2016. Victims were contacted and identified, however, AST is still seeking the owner of a gold nugget watch with a rams’ head detail. Troopers are encouraging the owner of the watch, or anyone with information regarding the burglaries, to contact Mat-Su Crime Stoppers at 907-745-3333 and reference case number AK16072757. 

In addition, Troopers are also needing to contact the owners of a large set of Canadian coins, all with the maple leaf displayed on the outside of the case and a silver Mac Pro laptop . 

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11/17/2016 - AST #AK16083285 Homicide


UPDATE: 12-6-16

The body was positively identified as David Grunwald, 16 of Palmer by the State Medical Examiner`s office.  The manner of death was determined to be homicide. Next of kin has been notified. Investigation continues.

UPDATE: Missing Juvenile - David Grunwald

On 12-2-16 at 1400 hours, human remains believed to be those of David Grunwald were located by AST in the Knik River Road area near Palmer. The remains have been sent the Office of the State Medical Examiner for confirmation of identity and a determination of cause and manner of death.

The investigation of this case resulted in the arrest of 16 year old Erick Almandinger of Palmer who is being charged as an adult with Murder in the First Degree and Kidnapping. Others involved in this incident have been identified but have not been charged as of yet.

On Sunday, 11/13/16 at approximately 11:48 PM, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a missing teenager. It was reported that David Grunwald, 16 of Palmer, had not returned home Sunday evening. On 11/14/16 at approximately 12:37 PM, Grunwald’s Ford Bronco was located burned up on a trail off Solitude and Sitze Road in Wasilla. Grunwald is approximately 6 feet tall, weighs approximately 150 pounds and has short brown hair. He was reportedly wearing an orange North Face jacket or pull over, jeans and tennis shoes.

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11/5/2016 - WPD #16-1951 Theft

On Thursday, 10-13-16 at approximately 11:57 am, Wasilla Police responded to a reported theft of a utility trailer from the Wasilla Lake Christian School parking lot located on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway. The white trailer was a 1999 single axle, with enclosed cabin, bearing AK registration ‘YYV424’ and contained concession items and team sport supplies. The theft has appeared to have taken place the night before. This case remains under investigation. 


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10/9/2016 - AST #AK16073127 Vehicle Theft
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On Wednesday, 9/30/16, the Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a motorcycle stolen sometime after 9/9/16 from a residence located on Hematite Drive in Wasilla. The motorcycle is described a lime green 2007 Triumph with aftermarket gold handle bars, LED tail light and a custom head light. Total value is approximately $6,200.

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9/8/2016 - AST #AK16064111 Burglary/Vehicle Theft

On Monday, 8/29/16 at approximately 11AM, Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence located off Warmwood Way near Trunk Road in Palmer for a reported burglary. Investigation revealed that a shed on the property had been broken into sometime between 8/28 and 8/29.

Two dirt bikes were stolen described as a 2014 KTM 65SX, 2-stroke, orange in color and a 2012 Kawasaki, Model KX85ACF, 2-stroke green and black in color.  Total value is $8,500.

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9/7/2016 - Wasilla PD #16-1645 Theft of Loader/Extended Backhoe
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The Wasilla Police Department is investigating the theft of a 2000 Loader Extended Backhoe, Model 580 Super L bearing S/N JJG0275829.  The incident occurred sometime on 8/25/16 between the hours of 5PM and midnight 8/26 in the vicinity of Holiday Drive and Lucas Road in Wasilla. The estimated value is approximately $25,000.

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8/4/2016 - AST #AK16055628 Robbery

On Friday, 7/29/16, at approximately 2:39 AM, Alaska State Troopers with Wasilla Police and K-9 Marshall responded to a reported robbery at the Tesoro gas station located on Knik Goose Bay Road at Fairview Loop in Wasilla.  Investigation revealed a lone person entered the front door with a baseball bat.  The suspect ordered the front clerk to fill a white plastic garbage bag with the cash from the register. The male then fled on foot and was unable to be located.  The suspect is described as possibly an adult white male, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt and black mask with a white skull image on it. No injuries were sustained and the investigation continues.


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