Alaska News

When car thieves and the Alaska summer intersect: An old motorhome was stolen from a campsite

Be on the lookout for a rogue motorhome. Alaska State Troopers say someone someone swiped a 1978 Jamboree from a camp spot on the Kenai Peninsula this week.

The white-and-brown motorhome vanished between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday, while the owner was making a trip to Anchorage, said troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters. The owner was camping at a well-used gravel pit at milepost 49 of the Seward Highway, in the Summit Lakes area.

The motorhome has black spray paint around the headlights and a "wood stove pipe sticking out of the roof," troopers said.

In Anchorage, police recently warned car thieves were pouncing on 1990s-era Subarus, a hugely popular vehicle in Alaska. How often do motorhomes — also ubiquitous in the tourist-friendly state — get stolen? Peters, the troopers spokeswoman, couldn't say right away. But she said older vehicles tend to be more vulnerable.

"Why take a beat-up Subaru when you can take an old-school motorhome, I guess?" Peters said.

Troopers asked anyone with information or a sighting of the missing motorhome to call (907) 262-4453.

Devin Kelly

Devin Kelly was an ADN staff reporter.