A local family is thankful a Good Samaritan followed up an Alaskalist posting that sounded fishy.
Proof that Alaskans will take care of one another, the unidentified Sterling resident saw a post on Alaskalist for a handgun, which seemed too good to be true. He obtained the serial number and contacted State Troopers, who confirmed the gun had been reported missing in Talkeetna in 2011.
The resident set up a meeting in Sterling with the gun trader, and confronted the man. At this point, the guilty party handed over the gun and walked away. The Sterling man then brought the gun to State Troopers on March 12, who reunited it with its owners.
The gun was identified as a family heirloom, passed down from a grandparent.