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Three-year sentence for Totem liquor thief


An Anchorage man was sentenced to three years in state prison after being convicted of a September theft of alcohol from a bar in downtown Wrangell.

Jeremiah Stanley, 56, was convicted of stealing two bottles of Captain Morgan Black rum and a single bottle of Crown Royal whiskey from the Totem Bar on Sept. 16 – all under the watchful eye of a new video surveillance system installed by bar owner Aaron Powell.

According to Powell’s statement to Wrangell Police Department officers, he said that after being informed of the thefts he “looked through his video surveillance system and noticed a tall individual with distinct jacket and stocking cap that took three bottles of alcohol and left the store without paying for them.”

The alcohol was taken at three different times on the same day.

The three bottles of alcohol totaled $135.15 and the charges constituted misdemeanors. However, because of Stanley’s extensive criminal history in both Alaska and Hawaii, he was sentenced to prison as a prior offender.

Stanley is currently incarcerated at Ketchikan Correctional Center pending transfer to a permanent location.


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