Three vehicle break-ins were reported in the span of a week at Kodiak trailheads, according to trooper and police reports.
According to Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Daniel Blizzard, two vehicle break-ins were reported recently near Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park. In both cases, the vehicle’s side window was broken and bags were taken from the vehicles.
On Saturday, a break-in was reported at 3 p.m., and a child’s backpack was stolen. Another break-in was reported on Aug. 19 at 12:30 p.m., and a gym bag was stolen.
On Sunday, an additional vehicle break-in and theft was reported at the Near Island South End trailhead. Kodiak resident Brian Baader said his wife’s clutch was stolen through a small hole in the front window of the vehicle between 1:15 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Baader said he was out walking with his wife and two kids when passersby alerted them to the break-in.
“It’s alarming to see these sort of things, with this sort of frequency, happening in broad daylight on popular trails,” Baader said.
Blizzard said Alaska State Troopers and state park rangers have increased the number of patrols in the Fort Abercrombie area.
“I would venture to guess that the one on Near Island is a similar person or the same person,” Blizzard said Monday, noting that investigation regarding the identity of the perpetrators is ongoing. In all cases, the break-ins took place while the vehicles were parked at sparsely populated trailheads.
“Whomever is doing this is looking to grab whatever they can, even if it’s just loose change,” Blizzard said. He advised Kodiak residents not to keep anything valuable in their cars when they park at trailheads. Additionally, he suggested that when possible, hikers should park their vehicles in more populated areas where there is regular traffic.
Kodiak Police Department Lt. Francis de la Fuente said three vehicle break-ins have been reported within city limits this month, but there has been no pattern or common location for the reported incidents.
De la Fuente advised residents not to leave anything “enticing” in their vehicles, and asked residents report any suspicious activity to the police department. He said KPD has increased the number of patrols to address the spike in vehicle break-ins.