A police theory on Anchorage’s spike in stolen cars: Free taxis for drug dealers and burglars
The number of stolen cars reported in Anchorage rose sharply during the first six months of 2017 after a spike last year — and police say they don't know why. Most of the vehicles are found within a few days and appear to be the taxi of choice between drug deals or other criminal mischief, police said.
Nearly 300 vehicles were stolen in the months of January, February and March, and roughly 200 in April, May and June. So far, it's about double the city's five-year average for car theft, Anchorage Police Department officials say.
Anchorage airport officials say an officer shot his service handgun at a pickup truck that appeared to be trying to run him over Wednesday morning.
Anchorage police are investigating a Tuesday night shooting that left a victim with a gunshot wound to the leg and bullet holes in vehicles and homes.
It's the second shooting reported by the Anchorage Police Department this week, and the fifth in roughly two weeks.
And that's just this morning's paper. I don't know what's going on, but we're quite glad to live elsewhere now.