An early-morning break-in Thursday at a municipal building in Russian Jack Springs Park left windows shattered but nothing apparently taken, after a worker came face-to-face with the suspect.

Staff at the Mann Leiser Memorial Greenhouses were still assessing the damage Thursday morning.

APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad said officers responded just before 1 a.m. to reports of a burglary in progress at the greenhouses.

“The complainant saw a male inside the greenhouses but he was gone prior to officer arrival,” Oistad wrote. “It was discovered that two windows had been broken out; as of now it does not appear that anything was taken.”

Sandy Potvin, the greenhouse’s horticultural supervisor, said the greenhouse has seen four break-ins over the past year.

“Janitorial staff were here and saw the gentleman who broke in; he ran off,” Potvin said. “We’ve got two broken windows on buildings; we’ve got a broken window on a vehicle that’s in being fixed.”

Despite the damage, Potvin said she’s happy the outcome wasn’t worse.

“You always worry about someone being hurt,” Potvin said. “I’m really glad that nothing happened.”

The suspect was described to police as “a younger white male with short black hair,” according to Oistad.

Anyone with information on the break-in is asked to call APD at 311, or contact Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or through its website.

John Thain contributed information to this story.

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