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17K still missing from Kivalina store

October 12th, 2012 | By Hannah Heimbuch Print this article   Email this article  

Alaska State Troopers are still searching for $17,000 in unrecovered cash after a robbery at the Kivalina store last week.

Two local teenagers were arrested for allegedly breaking in to the store and stealing a whopping $189,000 in cash and $5,000 worth of merchandise.

The damage to the store itself is estimated at $3,000.

Brandon Swan, 18, and Robert Swan, 19, both of Kivalina, were arrested last Saturday.

The store had recently stocked up on cash, anticipating an influx of residents cashing their permanent fund dividend checks. After the two young men were arrested, troopers were able to recover $172,000 in cash and $3,000 in stolen merchandise. Among that merchandise was the store's video surveillance equipment, which had also been taken.

That leaves $17,000 in missing cash and another $2,000 in merchandise yet to be recovered. Kotzebue's Trooper Sargent Duane Stone said the location of those items and the break in itself are still under investigation.

The two young men are facing multiple charges, including second-degree burglary, second-degree theft, third-degree criminal mischief and tampering with physical evidence.

Though the young men charged with the crime are in custody, the investigation into the break-in and theft is ongoing. Anyone with further information regarding this case is asked to call the Alaska State Troopers in Kotzebue at (907) 442-3222.


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