Alaska State Troopers on Kodiak Island have reported two thefts, one larger and the other small, over the past two days.
On Monday, troopers got a report of a burglary from a home in the Woodland Acres subdivision, a heavily-wooded neighborhood on the northeastern edge of the city of Kodiak. Troopers say the homeowner reported he'd been out of town, and he returned home to find 15 of his firearms were stolen.
The firearms reportedly are valued at $12,000. If a culprit were caught, the thief would face 15 counts of second-degree theft as well as a burglary charge.
The following day, Tuesday, a 68-year-old woman was reportedly preparing to be picked up by a skiff at the Anton Larson Bay boat dock to return to her home in the village of Afognak, located on an island north of Kodiak.
Troopers say while the villager was getting ready, someone stole her purse and four bags containing about $200 worth of groceries as they lay on the dock.
Anton Larson Bay Road, which leads to the dock, is a largely secluded area with few landmarks, such as a U.S. Coast Guard Communications installation, an empty ski chalet and an intermittently occupied ranch home.
Troopers are asking anyone with information about the stolen guns or groceries to call them at 907-486-4121 or Kodiak Crime Stoppers at 907-486-3113.
By JERZY SHEDLOCK