Burglar strikes as victims enjoy holiday

Posted: Tuesday, December 01, 2009

FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers are investigating a rash of burglaries in Delta Junction that occurred while residents were enjoying their Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

It appears that a burglar hit a steakhouse, an ice rink and a school. The burglaries occurred a couple of weeks after someone stole hockey gear from the ice rink and plundered cash from the town's video store.

Teresa Knopp, a waitress at the Alaskan Steakhouse and Motel, said the burglar or burglars left no signs they used force to enter the restaurant on Thanksgiving.

"Either it was an inside job or somebody stayed in the building after we closed," she said. "The only thing missing was money."

The steakhouse opened for breakfast on Thursday but closed in the late morning so employees could eat Thanksgiving dinner with their families.

Money was stolen from two cash registers. A crow bar apparently was used to pry open an office door.

"A couple of cash bags were stolen," Knopp said.

She didn't know how much money was taken but didn't think it was much. A trooper report estimated damage to the restaurant at about $2,500.

The Delta Elementary School also was burglarized. Someone smashed the windows on the building's west side doors to enter, a trooper report said.



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