Police seek help finding home burglar

The front door of a Mendenhall Valley home was kicked in earlier this month and the burglar left with more than $2,000 in jewelry, according to police.

On April 6, a Juneau resident called police to report that a home in the 2800 block of Mendenhall Loop Road was broken into and most of the valuables inside were stolen. Witnesses in the area later told officers they saw a white male between 5’8”-5’-10” with a medium build, blonde hair and either a goatee and/or mustache in the area at the time of the burglary.

JPD and the Crime Line highlighted the burglary as the “Crime of the Week” on Friday.

The burglary marks the second one reported in the Valley area. On April 8, a 50-year-old man told police he saw a masked man inside his home in the 4000 block of Diane Road, which is two miles north of the first incident. The burglar threw a crowbar at the man and took off on foot in the area adjacent to Floyd Dryden Middle School, according to a JPD news release.

Officers were not able to locate the suspect in that case either and believe the burglar also used force to enter the home, possibly by prying a garage door open.

That suspect is believed to be a white adult male between 6’–6’2” tall with a thin build.

Anyone with information about either burglary can report a tip to JPD at 586-0600 or to the Juneau Crime Line at juneaucrimeline.com. Tipsters are guaranteed anonymity and can be rewarded.

• Contact reporter Paula Ann Solis at 523-2272 or paula.solis@juneauempire.com.

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