Juneau man charged with felony theft, burglary

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2001

A former employee of Coastal Helicopters and Juneau Ready Mix was arraigned Thursday in Juneau Superior Court on charges of felony theft and burglary.

Bill James, 25, is charged with two counts of felony theft and two counts of felony burglary stemming from alleged incidents July 13 and 30.

In a related matter, James was arraigned recently in District Court on charges of felony theft and felony burglary stemming from events at Arrow Refuse in May.

The indictments against James said he broke into Coastal Helicopters, Arrow Refuse and Juneau Ready Mix with the intent of committing a crime. The indictments also allege he stole tools valued in excess of $500 from each of those places.

District Court Judge Peter Froehlich set bail in the Arrow Refuse case at $5,000 and ordered a third-party custodian to supervise James if he is released. Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins set bail from the Coastal Helicopter and Juneau Ready Mix cases at $5,000, to run concurrently with bail for the other charges.

If convicted, James faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $50,000 fine for each count.

According to an affidavit from the district attorney's office, James was an employee at Coastal Helicopters and Juneau Ready Mix at or around the times of the thefts. James' roommate told police James asked him to store a large number of tools under his trailer, the affidavit said. The roommate became suspicious and called James' former employers, the affidavit said.

Owners from Coastal and Ready Mix reclaimed their tools from the trailer, the affidavit said. The roommate told police there were tools in storage as well, the affidavit said. This information led to an indictment against James for theft from Arrow Refuse.

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