Police say an Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race veterinarian's vehicle, stolen from the race's Spenard headquarters last week, was in turn used to steal another vehicle at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Dave Schulling, Airport Police and Fire's deputy chief, said the tandem thefts first came to light at about 9:40 a.m. Sunday, when a vehicle was reported stolen from the airport parking garage.

"Officers investigating saw video evidence of a suspect vehicle, which they were able to determine was registered to this veterinarian with Iditarod," Schulling said.

Police soon determined that the Iditarod vehicle "wasn't supposed to have been driven" at the time it was seen. Investigators learned it had been taken from the Lakefront Anchorage, at 4800 Spenard Rd., just before 6 p.m. Friday.

Schulling said police were still developing suspects in both cases. He emphasized that officers are monitoring the airport's parking lots, after a set of wheels was stripped from an SUV left in short-term parking in October, but said the airport was subject to a rising tide of vehicle thefts across Anchorage.

"We're seeing similar problems out here with recovery and original reports," Schulling said. "We're actively patrolling all the time."

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