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By SAM ALLEN
Daily News Staff Writer
Due to an influx of reported break-ins and attempted break-ins, the Ketchikan Police Department and Alaska State Troopers are urging residents to lock their cars and secure their houses and garages.
Around 30 attempted break-ins or break-ins have been recorded between the two organizations during the past couple of weeks, according to Ketchikan Deputy Chief Eric Mattson.
Most of those have been attempted break-ins, he added.
Mattson says Ketchikan usually doesn’t have this many break-ins.
“It’s rare ... a target of opportunity, it’s not like their breaking anything,” Mattson said.
The suspect(s) are targeting unlocked vehicles for garage door openers and removing window screens, searching for unsecured windows, according to a police statement.
An array of items have been taken: firearms, cash and electronic devices, to name a few.
An estimated $1,500 in cash, jewelry and paperwork was stolen from a Forest Park residence on Friday, according to the troopers’ dispatch.
The home was invaded through an unlocked window in the middle of the night, according to the dispatch.
Later that day, troopers received a report that 150 gallons of fuel was stolen from an external storage tank off mile 6 North Tongass Highway.
The day before, near the same location, $3,000 worth of construction equipment went missing from a connex.
There were no leads or suspects as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Mattson.
The agencies say people can help by turning on porch lights during the night, and by reporting suspicious people and vehicles in their neighborhoods.
“If you see someone suspicious or if it just doesn’t fit, call us. We’ll come down,” said Mattson.