Alaska tops list of most reports of snowmobile thefts

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – An analysis of national crime figures shows three areas in Alaska topped the list of most reports of snowmobile thefts in the country.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the analysis by the National Insurance Crime Bureau shows Alaska recorded 128 snowmobile thefts from 2015 to 2017, about 8 percent of all reported snowmobile thefts from across the country.

Anchorage recorded the most thefts in the U.S. with 46, followed by the Fairbanks North Star Borough with 44.

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough recorded 23, tying for third with Anoka County outside Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Frank Scafidi, the nonprofit’s director of public affairs, says the Illinois-based bureau has tracked buses, tractors and other vehicles, but this is the first report on snowmobiles.

Information from: Anchorage Daily News,