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Story Last modified at 7:13 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Police Briefs: May 25, 2011

May 15: Vehicle break-in day?

A string of local residents reported their cars broken into and contents stolen on or around one day – May 15.

A 40-year-old Chugiak resident who left her car unlocked told Anchorage police that someone stole several items from it between 9:30 p.m. on May 14 and 3 a.m. on May 15. The woman, who lives on Schaff Drive, said she found various items missing from the vehicle, including a cell phone, portable hard drive and computer bag belonging to her employer, the U.S. Department of the Interior, according to police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers. Some personal items were also missing.

Around 3 p.m. May 15, a 29-year-old Wasilla resident told police he parked his car along the Old Glenn Highway near the Glenn Highway and said he came back to find somebody had broken in and stolen his stereo speakers and amplifier, Lammers said.

And in the boldest break-in of all, two women who parked their car in the lot near Thunderbird Falls reported that someone broke a window and tore out the back seat to get to the trunk, where they had stashed their purses, Lammers said. The women, a 29-year-old Wasilla resident and her mother, visiting from North Dakota, lost more than $500 in cash. Damage to the vehicle totaled $1,000. The women, who had locked their purses in the trunk for safekeeping, said they learned of the break-in when someone called the Wasilla resident to say they had found her purse along the road.

Man asks for food, damages fences, goes to jail

A homeless man originally from West Virginia and with possible mental-health issues entered two yards in Eagle River looking for something to eat and kicked out sections of fencing when he was denied, Anchorage police said.

Police arrested 36-year-old Scott Salisbury for malicious destruction of property around 10:45 p.m. on May 15, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. One resident of Vasili Drive told police his dogs alerted him to Salisbury's presence. He looked out to see a man in a camouflage jacket and wearing a backpack in his backyard, Lammers said. Salisbury asked for food and the man told him he was a "house, not a restaurant," she said. Salisbury slammed the fence gate, damaging the latch, Lammers said. Then he went to the next yard, where he kicked several planks before being stopped. Residents of both homes detained Salisbury in a driveway without incident until police arrived, she said. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail without bail pending arraignment.

Suspicious caller gets kibosh

A 38-year-old Chugiak resident told Anchorage police on May 16 that she had received two "strange phone calls" from a man with an accent who said he was a federal investigator and needed personal information from her. The woman terminated both calls but managed to get the man's phone number, which she provided to police.

Unlocked bikes stolen

Anchorage police say that on May 12, a 40-year-old resident of West Parkview Terrace Loop reported a black GT Outpost boy's bicycle stolen. The bike was left unlocked in a driveway under some stairs, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. It was valued at $400. Police have no suspects.

In another, apparently unrelated case, a 19-year-old female resident of West Lakeridge Drive reported a blue and silver Marin men's mountain bike stolen on May 15, Lammers said. The bike, which was left unlocked and leaning against a garage, was valued at $200.

DWI arrest

Anchorage police said they arrested Erin LeClaire, 27, of Anchorage for driving under the influence on May 14 on the Glenn Highway. Officers clocked LeClaire at 98 mph in a 65 mph zone at the Eklutna exit around 9:15 p.m., police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. She was eventually stopped at the Knik River Bridge, Lammers said. LeClaire's breath-alcohol levels were estimated at nearly three times the legal limit. She was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.

APD extends recruitment period

The Anchorage Police Department has extended a deadline to apply for the position of patrol officer to increase the number of applicants. The new deadline is June 24. The department is hoping to fill its next police academy with 28 recruits.

Anchorage patrol officers make between $22.91 and $35.85 an hour, according to a municipal jobs listing site. They get three days off a week. Minimum qualifications for the job include a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. Applicants must be 21 years old by date of application, possess a valid driver's license, and meet statewide and municipal police standards regarding misdemeanor or felony convictions and use of controlled substances. "Drug usage by, and the criminal history of, a candidate will not be an automatic bar to continued consideration but will be reviewed," according to the job posting.

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This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, May 25, 2011.

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