Haines wood thief foiled by pickup breakdown, leaves note

AnchorageJune 14, 2013 

From the Chilkat Valley News: A 56-year-old Haines man in the act of stealing valuable wood panels used to enclose a  hockey rink at the Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds had to think fast when his loaded pickup broke down at the scene. So he left a handwritten note on the truck window:

"I'm the maintenance man and I'm playing Frisbee golf. Be back in an hour," the note read.

Fair director Ross Silkman and assistant fair director Jessica Edwards were walking the grounds [June 7] when they saw the unoccupied truck near the horse stables, where panels used to enclose the ice rink were stored. ...

Silkman alerted Paul Wheeler, who had helped obtain and construct the panels several years ago for the Haines Amateur Hockey Association. Wheeler identified the hockey boards and interim police chief Simon Ford was called.

As he promised, the suspect did return to the scene. When he saw his truck surrounded by police tape, he realized he'd been caught and turned himself in. 

Read more at the Chilkat Valley News: Truck breakdown foils would-be thief

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