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Police have no leads on swiped salmon

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2002

SITKA (AP) -- Police have no leads on the whereabouts of a giant king salmon stolen Tuesday from a freezer at a fish processing plant.

The male red king salmon weighed 82 pounds after it was cleaned and was one of the largest of its kind caught in Southeast waters.

It was stolen from a freezer at Seafood Producers Co-Op hours after it was brought to the dock by crew of the troller Valiant Hunter. It was caught on commercial trolling gear near Shelikof Bay on Monday.

A spokeswoman for the Sitka Police Department said there are no leads to the theft. The case will be turned over to an investigator, the spokeswoman said.

The only clue in the disappearance came from a night worker who said he saw two men in hooded sweat shirts leaving the freezer area just before he went into the freezer and found the fish was missing.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game considers any king salmon over 50 pounds caught in Southeast Alaska to be in the ''trophy'' class.

The average king salmon brought to the dock by commercial fishermen this year weighs 17 pounds, plant officials said.

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