Suspect breaks into business, steals equipment used to help Alaskans with disabilities

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Assistive Technology of Alaska says a suspect broke into its business Tuesday night or Wednesday morning and took equipment used to give free equipment demonstrations to Alaskans with disabilities.

A still image from video provided by Assistive Technology of Alaska shows a person they say stole equipment meant to help Alaskans with disabilities.

Anchorage Police say the suspect forced their way through the back door, then took several things.

At last check, the suspect is still on the run.

"This theft was especially shocking to us since the equipment stolen is used for a good cause. It will take our agency time to replace over $6,000 worth of equipment. We work to increase the quality of life for Alaskans, and this will be a tough blow to recuperate from just a year after losing $30,000 worth of equipment to the earthquake,” said executive director Mystie Rail, “Why someone would do this is still hard to understand and overwhelmingly disheartening."

In an email to Channel 2, ATLA described itself as a statewide non-profit organization that helps Alaskans with barriers to their independence, find solutions to help them be more independent or increase their quality of life.

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