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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). 

9/7/2016 - Wasilla PD #16-1645 Theft of Loader/Extended Backhoe
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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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7/21/2016 - AST #AK16053458 Armed Home Invasion/Felony Assault/Attempted Murder

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.

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7/8/2016 - AST #AK15051701 Death Investigation


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.

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6/3/2016 - AST AK#16037845 Theft of Caterpillar Skid Steer Model 226B
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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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5/19/2016 - AST #AK16030041 Chickaloon Burglary

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.

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4/29/2016 - AST AK#16028664 Theft 2nd

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.

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3/30/2016 - AST #AK16022017 Vehicle Theft

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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.

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3/3/2016 - Palmer PD #16-1022



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.

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2/25/2016 - AST #AK16013065 Burglary II, Theft III, and Criminal Mischief III
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.

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