1 million Alaska Airline miles reported stolen from Bethel Family Clinic, Inc.

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BETHEL, Alaska (KTUU) - A community health center in Bethel reports having approximately one million Alaska Airline miles stolen over a number of years.

Chief Burke Waldron with the Bethel Police Department says the board of directors of the Bethel Family Clinic, Inc. reported the theft to police March 30.

Waldron says the suspect forwarded the air miles from a corporate credit card to their personal account. The theft had been going on for "quite some time" and the figure was over a million air miles, he said.

Waldron could not say how much that number of air miles is worth. However, a calculated estimation available through the “purchase miles” section of the Alaska Airlines web site, indicates the potential value could be in excess of $19,000.

Bethel Police have a person of interest in mind, but Waldron is careful to note that the investigation will likely take weeks and not days. The chief of police would not say whether the suspect was an employee.

Channel 2 contacted Bethel Family Clinic, Inc. but no one was available for comment. Alaska Airlines was working to provide answers but said they were unlikely before Monday.

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