Burglars have robbed several lower Kenai Peninsula businesses and cabins since early September, stealing firearms, a vehicle, chainsaws, high-end fishing gear and even a childhood ceramic dish made by one cabin owner’s daughter. Alaska State Troopers have arrested one couple alleged to have broken into an Alta Loop home, but the others remain unsolved and still under investigation. The break-ins are part of a steady property-crime wave that has hit Homer and Anchor Point.
“I’ve got nine open burglaries that are still in my queue over the last five to eight months, not counting the ones I’ve closed out and investigated to the end and somebody got charged or we don’t have enough to charge anybody,” said Sgt. Daniel Cox, head of the Anchor Point Alaska State Troopers Post, E Detachment.
In one incident, someone broke into the Mike and Jocelyn Barker family cabin on the Anchor River and even slept in a bed.
“To me, of all the things they did, that’s the biggest disgust,” said Barker’s daughter, Abbie. “Who comes and steals and they’re comfortable enough to ‘Goldilocks’ your bed? That makes you a different level of criminal.”