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Juneau man indicted in connection with jewelry theft

Posted: April 1, 2012 - 12:07am

A 19-year-old man was indicted by a grand jury Friday for stealing about $1,795 worth of jewelry.

Prosecutors allege Tristen Joseph Beierly stole bracelets from a woman who allowed Beierly to stay in her house in July of last year.

Charging documents show that the woman noticed the jewelry she kept hidden under her mattress, worth the above amount, went missing around the same time Beierly was at her house, and she reported it to police.

A month later in August, the woman’s daughter found one of the stolen bracelets on Craigslist, according to an affidavit filed by the Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp.

A police investigation found that the person selling the jewelry on Craigslist was a known local gold and silver buyer, the affidavit states. That buyer told police he purchased the jewelry from Beierly for about $800, and that Beierly informed him that he got the items from his grandmother, according to the affidavit.

Beierly confessed to a Juneau police detective in August, stating he took the items without permission, charging documents show.

Kemp said Beierly was arrested in early January in Anchorage. He was indicted on one count of second-degree theft, a class ‘C’ felony that can carry up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine. The presumptive sentencing range for first time felons for a class ‘C’ felony is zero to two years in prison.

Court records indicate Beierly does not have a criminal history, except for a City and Borough of Juneau misdemeanor criminal case that is still active for larceny of money or property of more than $50.

That case was filed in September of last year, the same month the state of Alaska felony case was filed.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the two cases were related or for the same offense.

Online court records show the public defender agency was appointed to represent Beierly.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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