Palmer police seek suspects in burglary of Cooperative Extension office

zhollander@adn.comFebruary 12, 2014 

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service office in Palmer this week became the latest victim in an ongoing wave of thefts and burglaries across the Matanuska Valley.

Someone broke into the office on Chugach Street and stole three computers: a Dell laptop, an Apple MacBook and a 24-inch iMac, according to Palmer police and office staff. The break-in was discovered Monday morning.

Police think one or at most two people are responsible, police officer Lucky Gipson said. "Just for the fact that they took out what they could carry and they actually dropped a keyboard, they weren't able to pick that up, it's narrowed to one, at most two individuals."

Gipson said there haven't been other building burglaries in Palmer, but there was a run on vehicle break-ins in the days before the Extension Service burglary.

The Chugach Street office, lined with documents about healthy eating, gardening and agriculture, isn't exactly a high-profile business, said administrative assistant Deb Blaylock. "We have publications on the wall and computers. That's about what we have."

Anyone with information about the break-in can call UAF Cooperative Extension Service at (907) 745-3360 or the Palmer Police Department at (907) 745-4811.

Reach Zaz Hollander at zhollander@adn.com or 257-4317.

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