WASILLA -- A new Alaska State Troopers property-crimes unit in the Valley recovered an ATV stolen from a Big Lake dealership but is still looking for whomever took it.
The 2014 Arctic Cat 1000 Mud Pro worth $14,799 was reported stolen from Big Lake Arctic Cat on South Big Lake Road Tuesday, troopers said. Two members of the Criminal Suppression Unit based in Palmer responded to the report, along with other troopers.
The ATV turned up covered in brush off a snowmachine trail about a mile east of Big Lake Road on the north side of Hollywood Road, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said. Troopers are interviewing people as they investigate suspects.
The ATV was stolen with the key in the ignition and then used to ram a gate which damaged the front end, Peters said.
The thieves did about $5,000 worth of damage to the four-wheeler, said Melanie Swenson, who owns Big Lake Arctic Cat with her husband, Carl. A mechanic at the dealership saw it was missing when he came to work, Swenson said. Two or three people were captured on a video surveillance camera.
The troopers were "super supportive" and helped the Swensons track down the stolen ATV.
"They took a whole day just to help us find it," she said.
Anyone with information can call the troopers at (907) 745-2131 or Crime Stoppers at (907) 745-3333.
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By ZAZ HOLLANDER