Crime of the Week

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AST #AK12253472, Multiple Coffee Stand Burglaries
December 05, 2012

Between Saturday, 12/1/2012 and Monday, 12/3/2012, Alaska State Troopers have investigated a number of coffee stand burglaries spanning from the Big Lake area to Palmer.  In most instances, forced entry was gained by kicking in doors or breaking out windows.  Most coffee stands had very little if any cash on hand but the total amount of damages between the locations totals approximately $10,000.

PPD #12-6845 Criminally Negligent Burning
November 04, 2012


On Thursday, 11-1-12 at approximately 8:47 PM, Palmer Police responded to a structure fire on a vacant city lot located at the corner of Fireweed and Gulkana in Palmer.  The 10’ x 16’ structure was a total loss with an estimated value of $10,000.  Three male juveniles ranging in age from 12-16 years of age were seen in the area approximately 25 minutes prior to police responding.  Investigation continues.

AST #AK12241292 Theft, Burglary, Trespassing
October 14, 2012

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.

AST #AK12235402 Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Theft
September 19, 2012

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.

AST #AK12233357 Malicious Mischief of Public Property
September 15, 2012

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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WPD #12-1373 Burglary
September 05, 2012

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.

WPD #12-1245 Burglary
August 19, 2012

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.

WPD #12-1183 Burglary
August 09, 2012

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

Palmer PD #12-4713 Arson
August 09, 2012

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.

AST #AK12218446 Burglary II, 2 Counts Vehicle Theft 1, Theft 1, Theft II
July 13, 2012


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.  


AST #AK12215612 Structure Fire - Suspicious
July 13, 2012

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

WPD #12-778 Burglary
July 10, 2012

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.

AST #AK12217202 Criminal Trespass 1st, Vehicle Theft 2nd
July 07, 2012

On Wednesday 7/4/12 at 4:21 AM, Alaska State Troopers responded to Hartley Motors in Palmer for a report that two Honda TRX 420 four wheelers were stolen from the lot. Investigation revealed that at least two people cut through a fence on the property and removed two four wheelers from their crates, filled them with gas and drove away with them.

At 5:00 AM, Alaska State Troopers left the scene and located the two stolen four wheelers in the wood line near the intersection of Hyer Rd. and Blue Lupine. The four wheelers were covered with foliage and others items in an attempt to conceal them. The four wheelers were recovered and returned to the business. Investigation continues.      

AST #12-38444 Burglary I, Theft II, Criminal Mischief III
June 12, 2012

On Thursday, 5-17-12 Alaska State Troopers received a report of a burglary on Fairview Loop in Wasilla.  Investigation revealed that unknown person(s) stole several tools and welding equipment to include two 50’ welding leads, Victor Model 100 torch set on a torch cart made from a shopping cart, oxygen bottle with regulator, ¾ Ingersoll air wrench, Spline air drive wrench, gray hand tray with miscellaneous hand tools, large Chicago vice, large bolt cutters, and a Handyman jack.  The value of the items is in excess of $2,500.

AST #AK12210194 Criminal Mischief 3rd
June 08, 2012

On Sunday, 6-3-12 at approximately 10:14 AM, Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of vandalism near Robert Road (approximately Mile 10.6 Knik Goose Bay Road) in Wasilla.  Investigation revealed sometime during the early morning of the 3rd, an unknown person(s) hooked a chain around the complainant’s security gate and pulled it down.  The gate was then dragged down the road approximately a mile.  Estimated value of the damaged property is $3,000.  The investigation is ongoing.

AST #12-40449 Burglary II, Theft II
May 31, 2012

On 5/29/12 at approximately 5:00 AM, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a burglary from the Three Bears Store on Knik-Goose Bay Road in Wasilla. Investigation revealed a large amount of cash of was stolen from the store sometime during the early morning hours. The investigation is ongoing.

AST #12-37893 Theft 2nd
May 16, 2012

On 5/14/12 at approximately 9:18 AM Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a theft at Granite Construction located at Mile 38 Glenn Highway in Palmer.  Investigation revealed unknown person(s) broke into the gravel pit and stole copper wire estimated at over $10,000.

AST #12-23561 Burglary I, Criminal Trespass I, Vehicle Theft II
April 06, 2012

On Saturday, 3/17/12 at approximately 1:15 PM, Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence located near Riverdell Drive in Wasilla after
receiving a report of a theft.  Investigation revealed during the prior night, unknown person(s) entered the residence and stole a Camouflage,
2010 Yamaha Grizzly ATV.  Value of the ATV is estimated at $9,000.
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AST #11-121115 Missing Person/Homicide
March 25, 2012

On 3/20/12, a discovery of human remains found near Eklutna was investigated by the Anchorage Police Department. Information obtained from the investigation, including an examination conducted at the office of the State Medical Examiner, has led to the determination that the remains are believed to be those of Loy Suthammavong, age 30, who was reported as missing from his Houston, Alaska home in December 2011.  It is believed Suthammavong`s death was a result of homicide.

Alaska State Troopers were initially informed of his missing status on 12/6/11 when members of Suthammavong`s family reported he was last seen alive on about 12/2/11. The Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Bureau of Investigation began with a search of Suthammavong`s residence just as the Anchorage Police Department and Anchorage Fire Department were investigating a vehicle on fire in south Anchorage, reported at about 7:20 PM on 12/6/11. Through investigation conducted by APD and AFD, and the Division of Fire and Life Safety, it was determined the vehicle was burned as the result of arson, and that the vehicle was owned by Suthammavong.

The Alaska State Troopers Missing Persons Clearinghouse distributed a missing person bulletin and included it in a press advisory to local media outlets. From the onset, circumstances surrounding the apparent disappearance of Suthammavong were suspicious and resulted in investigators considering a variety of factors.  Investigation continues.

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AST #12-23588 Criminal Trespass I, Theft II
March 18, 2012

On Saturday, 3/17/2012 at approximately 2:54 PM, Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence near Scott Road in Palmer after receiving a report of a theft.  Investigation revealed within the last 2 months, unknown person(s) entered the property and stole a Honda 4-stroke outboard boat motor.  The motor is valued at approximately $2600.00.

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