Thieves Target Likeness of Sarah Palin

A likeness of Alaska’s most famous former governor has become a popular target for thieves in Juneau.

A high-quality wooden cut-out of Sarah Palin wearing fishing gear and holding a salmon has been stolen twice from the Alaska Shirt Company store on South Franklin Street. The most recent theft happened over the weekend.

The prop usually sits on the front steps during business hours, and store manager Darren Booton says it’s a hit with tourists.

Juneau Police were able to recover the cut out – valued at $1,400 – from a parked vehicle in the Mendenhall Valley. It’s currently stashed in an evidence locker while officers investigate the theft.

The real Palin was spotted in Iowa last week at the premier of a flattering documentary about her two-and-half year tenure as governor.

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Casey Kelly is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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