Alaska man charged with burglarizing post office

inspectorAnchorage, Alaska – Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin R. Feldis announced today that the grand jury has returned a one-count indictment charging a Noorvik man with one count of burglary of a United States Post Office.

Theodore Westlake, 18, of Noorvik, is charged in a one-count indictment with burglary of a United States Post Office.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Aunnie Steward who presented the case to the grand jury, Westlake forcibly entered the Noorvik Post Office to steal money on June 29, 2015.

The law provides for a maximum sentence of 5 years’ incarceration and a $250,000 fine or both.

Under federal sentencing statutes, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The United States Postal Inspection Service and the Alaska State Troopers conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in the case.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.