Following reports of an unknown male stalking around a Wasilla neighborhood, Alaska State Troopers are hoping area residents may be able to identify the male caught on surveillance video.
Troopers believe the man may have broken into at least one nearby home Monday afternoon, walking through eight additional residential yards in a neighborhood off of Seldon Road.
The video surveillance from an East Melrose Court home shows him walking up to an outside door, finding it locked before he walks off with a couple of items he plucks from the yard.
Officials report Troopers were dispatched to the area around the neighborhood around 12:45 p.m. Monday following a report of someone who broke a window to gain access to a Brennas Way home. The homeowner said the suspect “walked around the home and moved stuff around, even knocked down the Christmas tree, but left empty handed,” Troopers report.
Troopers then followed the suspect’s footprints through the neighborhood. Troopers believe he walked up to either the front or back door on some homes or stood at the end of the driveway at other residences. Nothing else was reported stolen or broken into, according to Troopers.
"This is not the usual case," said Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen. "It doesn't seem normal."
Ipsen explained the suspect entered the Brennas Way home, which, according to Ipsen, contained many valuable items that were not stolen, leaving Troopers wondering why exactly the man entered the home in the first place.
"Typically when someone breaks into a home, they usually end up taking something," Ipsen said. "In this case, the only thing the suspect took was the gas can."
Anyone with information about the suspect can call Alaska State Troopers at 745-2131 or Mat-Su Crime Stoppers at 745-3333.