Police investigate Anchorage vandalism

Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police are investigating a weekend vandalism spree that caused at least $100,000 in damage at three South Anchorage businesses.

Investigators say sometime after 2:30 a.m. Sunday, vandals smashed a truck through a half-ton garage door, then crashed a smaller truck into a mobile trailer and a half-dozen work vehicles parked in a lot.

The businesses that suffered damage were Hartman Construction and Equipment, Alaska Countertops and City Electric.

The vandals smashed the window of one of the businesses, jammed a Budweiser bottle into a fax machine and drove a forklift through a warehouse, smashing tools and crushing projects.

Anchorage police have no suspects, spokesman Ron McGee said. They initially wondered whether a fired workker or someone else held a grudge, McGee said, but officials of all three companies told police they knew of no one who'd want to cause such damage, he said.

''What struck police officers as most unusual about this is that there was a lot of very expensive equipment laying around, and nothing was taken,'' McGee said.

The three companies and police are offering rewards for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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