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Jury convicts man for theft from trailer

Posted: June 10, 2012 - 12:08am

A jury on Friday convicted a homeless man of burglarizing a Glacier View Mobile Home Park trailer last year.

The jurors deliberated for about a day and a half before finding 56-year-old Hoyt Galvan guilty on all counts against him. The verdict was announced a little before 9 a.m. Friday.

Prosecutors accused Galvan of stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of items — both large and small — from the single-wide trailer owned by Eastside Carpet Company in Anchorage.

Employees of the company said during the trial they stayed at the trailer as they worked on an ongoing renovation project in the U.S. Federal Building in Juneau. It was left unoccupied from April 8 to June 27 last year, during which the theft occurred.

Police testified many of the missing items were found in Galvan’s daughter’s trailer in the same trailer park, where he sometimes stayed. Galvan was implicated in the crime after police found a birthday card addressed to him from his daughter at the scene. He was arrested in March after about a six-month investigation.

A fingerprint analyst later testified Galvan’s fingerprints were found inside the ransacked trailer. Another one of the state’s witnesses testified he helped Galvan transport a refrigerator during the middle of the night during that time frame.

Galvan’s attorney Thomas Collins protested there was evidence more than one person was going in and out of the vacant trailer, and that there were other suspects in the case.

Collins further explained Galvan’s things had been stolen, which could account for his things being found inside Eastside Carpet’s residence.

During a phone interview from Lemon Creek Correctional Center, Galvan maintained his innocence and said he was working on his appeal. He noted he was convicted on his birthday, June 8.

He declined to talk further about his case on the record for fear it could affect his sentencing hearing.

Galvan said he used to be a baker, and he worked at various grocery, food and convenience stores in town before he fell on hard times a couple of years ago.

In recent years, Galvan said he’s been unemployed and receiving assistance after suffering a ruptured disc in his back and had hip problems.

Galvan was convicted of three felonies — first-degree burglary, second-degree theft and third-degree criminal mischief. He could face up to 20 years in prison.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg, who presided over the trial, scheduled a sentencing hearing to be held in August.

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

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