It was a Christmas reunion for a Juneau man and his car.
The red Toyota 4-door was stolen December 17th while parked, with the engine running, in the Nugget Mall parking lot.
Juneau police searched for the car, but were unable to find it, even making it last week’s “Crime of the Week.”
On Christmas Eve, a woman called JPD to say she’d seen the stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a church in the Mendenhall Valley, covered with snow. Officers contacted the owner, who was reunited with his car.
According to a JPD news release, the vehicle did not sustain any new damage while it was missing. However, a few wrapped Christmas presents were gone.
JPD continues to investigate.
- The state Division of Insurance plans to ask the feds to offset its costs for the Alaska Reinsurance Program.
- After a mild start to December, it’s gotten bitter cold in Haines and Skagway, with temperatures dropping into the teens and single digits. With temperatures far below freezing, snowfall from the weekend is not likely to go anywhere soon.
- As temperatures rise, Arctic ice is retreating, making trips through the Northwest passage – from Alaska to Maine – a new summer reality. But until now, mariners navigating Arctic ice have had limited formal training. A professor at Maine Maritime Academy is working to change that.
- One shot was fired in an officer-involved shooting Saturday, according to the Juneau Police Department. Police say Sgt. Chris Gifford fired the shot that injured Jeremie Shaun Tinney, 38, of Juneau while officers were investigating a single-vehicle crash in the 16500 block of Ocean View Drive.