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Police seek suspect in Anchorage library vandalism that damaged Alaskana items

The man entered Loussac Library on Saturday while it was open.

Anchorage police released these photos of a man they say is a suspect in serious vandalism on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at Loussac Library. (Courtesy Anchorage Police Department)

Anchorage police are looking for a man they say entered a restricted area in Loussac Library on Saturday afternoon and damaged property, artwork and artifacts.

The man vandalized the area, causing flooding that led to the damage, police said. He fled on foot.

Library staff are still trying to establish the extent of the damage, spokeswoman Misty Rose Nesvick said. It occurred in a storage area of the Alaska wing of the library. It’s believed the vandalism and subsequent flooding originated in a restroom.

The storage area contains numerous items Nesvick described as “general Alaskana.” She said staff only started examining the items within the last 24 hours and still didn’t know yet how significant the damage was.

She and police declined to give more specific information, citing the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about the suspect can contact APD Officer Murray at Jacob.Murray@anchorageak.gov.