Stolen U-Haul full of mail located with no packages inside; police seek information

A stolen U-Haul moving truck being rented by United Parcel Service to deliver mail was recovered Wednesday without any of the packages inside, Anchorage police said.

The truck was taken from the 800 block of West 57th Avenue around 11 a.m. as the UPS driver was making a delivery, the Anchorage Police Department said in a statement.

By the time police recovered the vehicle before 2 p.m. near the intersection of West 31st Avenue and Dawson Street, "all of the packages had been taken" and the truck was unoccupied, APD said in a later statement.

APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro said the exact number of packages stolen wasn't yet known, but "it was described as a full truck with dozens of packages."

The driver had left the vehicle running as they dropped a package at a doorstep, Castro said.

"Police are asking businesses along Arctic Blvd between W 57th and W 31st to check their surveillance video after 11:00 a.m. for the UPS rented U-Haul," the statement said. Police also requested the public to contact them in the event of anything suspicious.

"If a neighbor shows up with dozens of UPS packages that seems suspicious and not an Amazon/(Home Shopping Network)/Nordstrom habit, please contact APD to provide that information," the statement said.


Castro said police did not yet have any suspect information but were hoping that would change with help from the public.

Anyone with information on the stolen U-Haul is asked to call police at 907-786-8900.

Ben Anderson

Ben Anderson is a former writer and editor for Alaska Dispatch News. He left the ADN in 2017.