Vandals strike southern communities

Posted: Monday, February 19, 2001

Buildings in Ninilchik and Anchor Point fell victim to acts of crime sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

According to Alaska State Trooper John Brown, the Ninilchik Post Office, Ninilchik General Store and Anchor Point Supply were broken into.

More than 30 cartons of cigarettes were taken from Ninilchik General Store after the front door was kicked in. Ninilchik Post Office also was entered through the front door, but no other damages were reported.

According to Brown, breaking into a post office is a federal offense.

Don VanBuren, owner of Anchor Point Supply, said the drawer of his cash register and approximately $20 in change were taken from his store.

He said aside from the drawer and the change, it did not look as if anyone had even been in the store.

"And it is just full of things people would want to steal," he said.

VanBuren said he has lived in the Homer-Anchor Point area since 1955 and in that time, he has seen a lot of crime.

"It is an ongoing thing," he said.

Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce President Tom Clark agreed that these are not the first crimes reported in the area, especially recently.

"We have had a spate of robberies, vandalism and car thefts over the last six weeks that have really been serious," he said.

In response to the crimes, the chamber will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Anchor River Inn dining room regarding community safety.

"The folks from Ninilchik are certainly welcome," Clark said.

To help in finding the thieves, the chamber board of directors has started a fund from South Peninsula business pledges to help area businesses after such crimes. The fund is currently at $4,200.

"We are looking for that to grow," Clark said.

Anchor Point Supply has a standing reward of $500 for information leading the arrest and conviction of persons involved in the crime.

Troopers are continuing their investigation of all three cases. Residents with any information about the crimes are urged to call the Alaska State Troopers.

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