Western Auto burglary suspect arraigned

Derik Wythe faces 3 counts in connection with break-in

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Juneau man arrested in connection with a break in at Western Auto-Marine Tuesday morning was arraigned before Juneau District Court Judge Thomas Nave on Wednesday on second-degree burglary, second-degree theft and fourth-degree criminal mischief charges.

MICHAEL PENN / Juneau Empire
MICHAEL PENN / Juneau Empire

Derik Wythe faces five years in prison and a $50,000 fine for the first charge, one year and a $10,000 fine for the second and a $10,000 fine for the final charge.

Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp asked for a $20,000 cash-only bail and a third party custodian to supervise Wythe.

Kemp read an account of the Western Auto break-in that revealed Wythe had tried to lay on a shelf to avoid detection. Various firearms and knives and ammunition were strewn about the area as if Wythe was trying to load one of the weapons.

Officers discovered Wythe when his foot moved and when ordered down Wythe stated he had come into store on prior occasions to sleep there. Wythe also told to officers that he didn’t touch the weapons and didn’t break in, that he had found the door open.

During Kemp’s statements, Wythe kept denying the events loudly and at one point Nave stated, “Mr. Wythe I advised you earlier you have the right to remain silent and I strongly suggest that you exercise that right.”

Kemp also reminded the court that Wythe has failed to appear in court in other cases, requiring JPD to serve three warrants in as many months on Wythe to compel his attendance.

Kemp also said the state planned to indict Wythe on a prior burglary that occurred at GCI Cable.

Judge Nave set a $20,000 bail, half appearance and half performance bond and ordered a court-approved third-party custodian. Wythe is also required to have no contact with GCI or Western Auto. Wythe is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 11 a.m. Feb. 4.

Wythe was also on the court calendar to have his probation revoked in a city case, since the state case now takes precedent, an amended petition to revoke probation was set on for a March 25 hearing.

• Contact Klas Stolpe at

523-2263 or klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

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