Suspect in Wharf thefts faces multiple charges

Stringer pleads innocent to all charges at arraignment

Posted: Thursday, April 03, 2003

A man accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of items from vehicles faces more charges from a Juneau grand jury and is a suspect in nearly 10 other pending theft cases.

Sheridan Scott Stringer, 34, already faced a felony theft charge filed by police in connection with more than $2,000 worth of climbing equipment stolen from Juneau Mountain Rescue member Steve Handy's van in January. A Juneau grand jury Friday determined the state presented enough evidence to indict Stringer on additional charges.

Stringer initially was charged with one count of second-degree theft, a felony, as well as one count each of third-degree theft and third-degree criminal trespass, both misdemeanors.

The state also has petitioned to revoke Stringer's probation from a misdemeanor drug conviction stemming from several incidents between September and January.

Stringer was indicted on another felony theft charge in connection with more than $500 worth of CDs that were stolen from a vehicle parked near the Prospector Hotel in September, said Assistant District Attorney Doug Gardner. The grand jury added a misdemeanor theft charge stemming from an incident in January where undisclosed items were stolen from a vehicle parked in Auke Bay.

Stringer pleaded innocent to all charges at an arraignment hearing Wednesday afternoon in Juneau Superior Court. Public defender David Seid was unavailable for comment by the Empire's midday deadline today.

Police said Stringer was involved in at least one of four winter thefts from vehicles parked in the Merchants Wharf parking lot. Earlier this year, police recovered Handy's property from Stringer's truck, said Lt. Walt Boman.

No one has been charged in connection with the other three thefts. The misdemeanor charges stem from his recent arrest at the Brotherhood Bridge parking lot. Police said they saw him enter a vehicle and steal a purse after watching him skulk around the lot for three hours.

Boman said police still are investigating Stringer in connection with about 10 similar thefts, and further charges may be pending. Boman said within the next two weeks, police will ask the public's help to identify several thousand dollars worth of items they said they recovered from Stringer.

Stringer is being held at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $5,000 bail.

If convicted, he faces five years in prison on each of the felony theft charges, and up to one year each on the misdemeanor charges.

Melanie Plenda can be reached mplenda@juneauempire.com.



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