Police seek help, offer reward to locate person of interest in Merrill Field vandalism case
Police are looking for anyone with information about who may have caused $200,000 damage to airplanes at Merrill Field in early June. According to a release on Friday, the Anchorage Police Department says security camera footage shows a person who was there early that morning.
Around 9 a.m. on June 2, APD was notified that more than 80 aircraft at Merrill Field had their tires slashed. In the release Friday, the department stated it has since investigated to find suspects in the case, including watching hundreds of hours of surveillance footage from the area.
Police say they have found a person of interest in the case shown in the images above, but do not have a positive identity. The person was on foot in Merrill Field around 1:20 a.m. on June 2 in the areas where the planes were vandalized, according to police, and was wearing dark clothing and carrying a backpack that may have a reflector on the left side.
Cash rewards are being offered for anyone with information that leads to an arrest. The Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation set up GoFundMe account to be used as a reward fund for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible for the vandalism. In addition to the GoFundMe reward, Anchorage Crime Stoppers will pay $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of responsible parties.
Tips must be received by Anchorage Crime Stoppers to be eligible for these rewards; anyone offering information will remain anonymous. If you know anything about these crimes, call Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or submit an anonymous tip online at www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com.
Anyone with any information about the person shown is these images is asked to contact APD at 786-8900. If any additional businesses or organizations have surveillance footage from June 2, 2016 between 12:30 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. in the Merrill Field area, they are asked to contact APD.
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