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Fairview burglary-in-progress that turned into police standoff ends without suspects found

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: May 22, 2018
  • Published May 22, 2018

Anchorage police try to coax at least one burglary suspect out of a building on 13th Avenue in Anchorage on Tuesday, May 22. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

An armed burglary in progress at a Fairview business turned into a two-hour standoff Tuesday morning but officers found no suspects inside, police say.

Officers arrived to investigate a report of an armed burglary at Quality Rides in the 500 block of East 13th Avenue, according to an Anchorage Police Department release.

The report came in just before 7:30 a.m. from the business owner, who noticed four armed suspects inside on surveillance video taken around 6:45 a.m., police spokesman MJ Thim said.

"There's about a 30-minute gap there between noticing something suspicious and calling 911 to report it," Thim said.

A search for the suspects wasn't successful and no one was ultimately found inside, he said.

Police couldn't provide descriptions of the suspect.

Police set up a large perimeter during the standoff. Armed officers were visible. Some employed a drone to help with the investigation.

Police evacuated the Carrs grocery store parking lot at 13th and Gambell Street.

Officers used a bullhorn to to try to get the suspect to come out.

"We know you're armed," an officer could be heard saying. "You need to come out with your hands empty, do it now. Don't make things any worse for yourself."

The investigation into the robbery remains open, Thim said.

Reporters Matt Tunseth and Zaz Hollander contributed.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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