Crime of the Week

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). 

AST #AK16055628 Robbery
August 04, 2016

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.


AST #AK16053458 Armed Home Invasion/Felony Assault/Attempted Murder
July 21, 2016

On Tuesday 7/21/16 at approximately 1:16 AM, Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a home invasion on Plumley Road in Palmer. Investigation revealed two people who were unknown to the homeowner entered the residence through a window. When the homeowner confronted the assailant with a firearm, an assailant shot the homeowner in the arm. Both suspects fled the residence on foot. WPD responded with a K9 to assist with tracking the suspects but they were not located. The homeowner was transported to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. One other person was in the home at the time of the break in but was not injured. Palmer and Anchorage ABI responded. Investigation is ongoing. The names of the homeowners are not being released at this time due to the circumstances surrounding the investigation.

AST #AK15051701 Death Investigation
July 08, 2016


On 7/3/15, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of a man and a woman missing from a campsite located near mile 79 of the Denali Highway. Initial responding troopers found evidence suggesting an altercation involving gunfire associated with their vehicle and camper trailer. An extensive search of the area was initiated involving AST aircraft and Wilderness Search and Rescue volunteers.

On 7/5/15 at approximately 4:00 PM a dilapidated trailer was discovered near an abandoned mining camp and both missing individuals were found deceased inside. The missing couple was later identified as Lynn Butler, 42, of Wasilla, and Richard Casler, 62, of Wasilla.

Foul play is suspected, and the investigation is on-going. Members of the public who were in the vicinity of the Denali Highway between 7/2/15 to 7/4/15, who may have made video recordings or taken photographs are encouraged to contact the Alaska Bureau of Investigation at (907) 269-5611.

AST AK#16037845 Theft of Caterpillar Skid Steer Model 226B
June 03, 2016

         ****RECOVERED 7-18-16****             

On Wednesday, 5/25/16 at approximately 4:00 PM, the Alaska State Troopers in Wasilla received a report of a vehicle theft from a property on Museum Drive.  Investigation revealed a Caterpillar Skid Steer Model 226B was stolen from the property between the dates of Sunday 5/22 and Tuesday 5/24. Estimate loss is $35,000.

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AST #AK16030041 Chickaloon Burglary
May 19, 2016

On Wednesday, 4/27/16, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a burglary at a residence on N. Maggie Lane in Chickaloon. Investigation revealed that unknown person(s) kicked in the front door, entered the residence and stole numerous firearms as well as several electronic devices and tools valued at over $10,000. A suspect vehicle is described as a light blue SUV. The investigation continues.

AST AK#16028664 Theft 2nd
April 29, 2016

On Friday, 4-22-16 at approximately 7:00 AM, Alaska State Troopers took a report of a theft from a blue 2002 Ford work van parked on a construction site on N. Buttermilk Circle located near Engstrom Road and Wolf Lake Drive in Wasilla. The passenger-side window was broken out and approximately $2,500 in tools had been stolen from the van. Investigation in this case is ongoing.

AST #AK16022017 Vehicle Theft
March 30, 2016

               ***** RECOVERED 4-2-16 *****                    

On Monday, 3-28-16 at approximately 8:31 PM, a vehicle was reported stolen to the Alaska State Troopers by an Iditarod volunteer.  Anchorage Chrysler Dodge had allowed the Iditarod Sled dog race to use several vehicles during the race to assist race volunteers.  On March 6th, race volunteers were using some of the vehicles in the Willow area. 
A black 2012 Dodge 1500 with Alaska plate #GRJ861 was stolen from the area of the Willow Recreation Center.  The theft was not discovered until later due to miscommunication between race volunteers.  Investigation revealed the Anchorage Police Dept. had been involved in a short vehicle pursuit involving the stolen Dodge truck in Anchorage on 3-27-16 at approximately 8:00 AM (it was not reported stolen at that time). The vehicle was last seen driving East on 6th Ave in Anchorage.

Palmer PD #16-1022
March 03, 2016



Palmer Police investigated several reports of vandalism throughout the City of Palmer between the late evening hours of Sunday, 2-28-16 and early morning hours of Monday, 2-29.  Investigation revealed unknown persons spray painted several residences, businesses, vehicles, sidewalks, street signs, and parking lots with graffiti.  Estimated cost to repair the vandalized property is approximately $4,000.00.  Investigation is ongoing.

AST #AK16013065 Burglary II, Theft III, and Criminal Mischief III
February 25, 2016

On Monday 2-22-16, at approximately 5:15 AM, Alaska State Troopers responded to the Fresh Start Espresso located on Bogard Road at Stringfield (Old Trunk) Road in Palmer for a burglary after-the-fact.  Investigation revealed unknown person(s) gained forced entry into the coffee stand between the hours of 6:00 PM on 2-21 and 5:00 AM on 2-22 causing approximately $1500 damage and stealing cash.

AST #AK16002567 Burglary/Theft
January 17, 2016

On Monday, 1-11-16 at approximately 12 PM, Alaska State Troopers responded to a new home under construction off Snowgoose Road for a report of a burglary. Investigation revealed the house had been broken into sometime between 1-6 and 1-11 and several items were stolen including tools, wood and cabinets that were taken off the walls. Investigation is ongoing.

AST #AK15102621 Burglary/Theft
January 06, 2016


On Monday, 12-28-15 at approximately 8:50 AM, it was reported to the Alaska State Troopers that a home under construction and a work trailer located on Alder Drive (near Bogard Road and Seldon Road) in Wasilla was forcibly broken into.  The incident occurred between 12-23-15 at 5:00 PM and 12-28-15 at 8:00 AM.  An inventory of stolen tools and other items estimated the loss to be in excess of $3,000. Investigation is ongoing.

AST #AK15098479 Hit & Run
December 13, 2015

On Thursday, 12-10-15 at approximately 4:49 AM Alaska State Troopers responded to the area of Schrock Road and Burlwood Avenue in Wasilla for a report of a male laying on the ground with injuries who appeared to have been hit by a car. Investigation revealed the victim was walking on the side of Schrock Road and was struck by an unknown passing vehicle. The victim sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

AST #AK15092160 Robbery 1st
November 17, 2015


On Saturday, 11-14-15 at approximately 3:20 AM, Alaska State Troopers responded to the Valley Country Store located on Bogard Road at Stoney Hollow Drive for a report of a robbery.  An investigation revealed an adult male entered the store, produced a pistol and ordered the clerk to give him all the money in the register. The male suspect left the store on foot to a vehicle parked nearby described as a white hatchback then fled in the vehicle.  An undetermined amount of cash was taken. 

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Palmer PD#15-6108 Burglary, Weapons Offense
November 13, 2015

On Monday, 10-26-15 at approximately 6:30 AM Palmer Police Department received a report that an unknown person forced their way through the front door of a residence on Denali Street in Palmer.  The suspect fired a round into the house through an open door, but retreated when the homeowner also returned fire.  The homeowner did not see the suspect at any time and no injuries were reported.  Investigation continues.

AST #AK15085213 Burglary, Vehicle Theft, Criminal Mischief
October 22, 2015


On Monday, 10-19-15 at approximately 7:30 AM, Alaska State Troopers responded to Hatcher Pass Polaris in Willow after a citizen observed a large hole in the storage yard fence.  Investigation revealed someone had cut a hole in the fence sometime between 6:00 PM on 10-17 and 7:30 AM 10-19 and stole an orange and black 2016 Polaris Razor Turbo valued at $24,999.  The Razor wasn`t assembled yet and while they were stealing it, they lost one of the seats which was found in the storage yard.  In addition, two other machines were vandalized with repair cost estimated at approximately $1,000 for both along with an unknown quantity of merchandise taken from a storage trailer. 

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AST #AK15081091/AST #AK15078327 Burglary/Theft
October 07, 2015

On Saturday, 10-3-15 at approximately 5:30PM, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of a burglary at A&E Storage.  Investigation revealed that individual(s) cut a hole in the perimeter fence of the storage lot and broke into and damaged multiple recreational vehicles stored on the premises.

Ten days earlier on Wednesday, 9-23-15 AST received a report of a theft from recreational vehicles stored in the outdoor parking area of A&E Storage located at Mile 47 of the Parks Highway in Wasilla.  Investigation revealed several unknown persons forced entry into approximately 10 RV`s, trailers and boats within a several day period prior to 9-23. The incident resulted in extensive damage to vehicles and fencing, including several thousand dollars in the theft of miscellaneous outdoor recreational items. Investigation is ongoing.

AST #AK15079734 Robbery
September 30, 2015


On Monday, 9-29-15 at approximately 1:14 AM, the Alaska State Troopers responded to a panic alarm followed by a 911 call reporting a robbery at the Valley Country Store located at Church Road and Seldon Road in Wasilla.  Witnesses described the suspect as a male Caucasian, approximately 6’ tall and medium build.  He was wearing a black sweatshirt with the hood up, a white undershirt, blue or gray pants similar to sweatpants with a white emblem on the left leg as well as a black scarf covering his face below the eyes.  The suspect held a large silver butcher knife threatening the store employee while demanding money.  The suspect then fled the store on foot towards Church Rd.  Witnesses reported they were placed in grave fear by the suspect but none sustained physical injury. 

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AST #AK15077506 Theft 2nd
September 25, 2015

On 9-21-15 at 10:13 AM, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a theft from property located on W. King Arthur Drive in Houston. Investigation revealed someone entered the property sometime after 9-8 and stole a 500-gallon Greer fuel tank on a metal stand, with approximately 150 gallons of diesel heating fuel inside. Estimated loss is approximately $2,000.

AK#15062989 Missing Person
August 19, 2015

Buckwalter`s vehicle last seen by Law Enforcement on 8/12/15 in the Meadows Lakes area.  GHB682 a blue/white 1984 Chev pickup.
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AST AK#15062989 Missing Person
August 19, 2015

Daniel Roy Buckwalter was last seen at his residence in Big Lake on 8/4/15.  He is described as 46 year old white male, 6’1” tall, 200 pounds with brown curly hair/ hazel eyes and scar on his left cheek. Daniel Buckwalter’s vehicle is described as a 1984 Chevy pickup that is dark blue and white bearing Alaska plate GHB682.  The vehicle was last seen by law enforcement on 8/12 in the Meadow Lakes area.  The Alaska Bureau of Investigation believes that Buckwalter`s disappearance occurred under suspicious circumstances.  

(This report has been corrected from a previous version)

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