A man who was arrested by local police in late December on suspicion of theft was indicted by a grand jury on Friday.
According to the indictment, Joseph A.S. Allen, 29, was indicted for one count of first-degree burglary for unlawfully entering a dwelling with the intent to commit theft; two counts of second-degree theft for stealing property (the second count was specifically for taking a firearm); and second-degree forgery for forging a check. All those counts relate to an incident on Dec. 19, 2011.
First-degree burglary is a class ‘B’ felony that can carry up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Second-degree theft is a class ‘C’ felony that can carry up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Second-degree forgery is also a class ‘C’ felony.
Prosecutors charge that on Dec. 19 Allen stole nearly $4,000 worth of items from a local couple’s house, Honey Bee and Dale Anderson, and their son Erik, 27. The items include a CZ 375 Safari H&H 500 Rifle with a Leupold scope, 150 rounds of ammo, and two Wells Fargo check books.
According to an affidavit filed by District Attorney David Brower, Allen allegedly wrote out a $4,500 check to himself, forged the signature and tried to cash it at the valley branch of Wells Fargo.
Before Allen was arrested on Dec. 27, JPD announced it had named Allen as a person of interest in connection with a trio of reported break-ins and a vehicle theft in the valley on Dec. 26.
JPD says an investigation into those break-ins is ongoing.
“It’s my understanding those cases are still active, we’re actively working them, and that’s pretty much all I can really say on it at this point in time,” JPD Captain Ed Mercer said by phone Tuesday.
Allen is slated to be arraigned in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday.
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