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Ketchikan Man Charged in Thefts


February 25, 2016
Thursday AM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Police Department received a report that Joseph M. Wurzer, age 42, an employee of Fastenal, is alleged to have stolen approximately $37,000.00 worth of Fastenal merchandise using at least two fictitious accounts. The thefts were discovered after an internal investigation by Fastenal located in Ketchikan.

On February 11, 2016, approximately $18,000.00 of stolen merchandise was located in Wurzer’s personal storage unit. On February 20, 2016, Ketchikan Police Officers executed a search warrant on Wurzer’s home and located numerous stolen items from Fastenal with an approximate value of $1,600.00.

According to information released by Ketchikan Deputy Chief of Police Josh Dossett, approximately $3,700.00 of stolen merchandise was also recovered by individuals who had received the merchandise from Wurzer.

On February 20th, Wurzer was charged with Theft in the First Degree and he was transported to the State Jail and held without bail.

Wurzer is alleged to have given away numerous items taken from Fastenal. If you received items from Wurzer, they are likely stolen and you are asked to return the items to the Ketchikan Police Department.

Charges are merely accusations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


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