Juneau police arrest suspect in Costco jewelry theft, recover $32K in items taken from display

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JUNEAU, Alaska — A man suspected of hiding in a Juneau warehouse store last month and stealing $41,000 in jewelry has been charged with burglary.

Prosecutors on Thursday also charged Joseph John Finn, 31, with felony theft and misdemeanor criminal mischief.

He was arrested Wednesday and found in possession of illegal drugs. A felony drug charge also was filed, the Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1BX7e87) reported.

Someone triggered a burglary alarm at the Juneau Costco store at 10:33 p.m. Sept. 17, according to Juneau police.

The store is in Lemon Creek, midway between downtown Juneau and the Mendenhall Valley, in an industrial area near a Home Depot store and Alaskan Brewing Co.

A witness told investigators he saw a man running from the business.

Officers found no signs of forced entry.

However, when they were let inside by Costco staff, they found a smashed jewelry case. Missing were watches, rings, and necklaces.

Police said it was likely the burglar entered during business hours, waited for the store to close and committed the theft.

Police said they made the arrest with help from state and federal agencies.

A 29-year-old woman accompanying Finn also was holding drugs and was arrested, police said.

Police recovered $32,000 in missing jewelry but said several pieces, including watches, remain missing.


Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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