Beer burglar found guilty of serious charges

After two days of deliberating, a jury found the accused operative of a beer heist guilty of serious charges. The jury read the verdict in Juneau Superior Court on Monday afternoon around 3 p.m., according to court notes.

Michael Rae, 54, was found guilty on three felony charges ā€” first-degree vehicle theft, second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief, all class ā€˜Cā€™ felonies ā€” and a misdemeanor count of third-degree theft.

Prosecutors alleged Rae stole a Breeze In box truck, drove it into the Alaska Brewing Co. building and stole cases and kegs of beer last April. Testimony during the trial revealed the incident caused some $4,500 in physical damage to the building and $8,959 in damages to the truck, as well as $515 in retail of the beer stolen.

Judge Louis Menendez ordered a pre-sentencing report and scheduled a sentencing hearing for March 28.


  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback






Mon, 10/16/2017 - 06:08

Seasonal parking now available at Marine Park Plaza

From now until April, parking downtown is going to be a little easier for some.

Read more