BECKLEY COURT CASE Man Convicted in Burglary of Raleigh Post Office
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 21, 2012 5:21 PM EDT
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A Raleigh County man was convicted Tuesday in federal court in Beckley for the burglary of a federal post office.
Timothy Taylor, 31, forcibly broke into or aided and abetted co-defendant Benjamin J. Webb in the forcible break-in of a federal post office located in Fairdale, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Trial evidence revealed that Oct. 30, 2011, Taylor and Webb were driven to the Fairdale Post Office by a known individual and gained entry into the facility by smashing a glass door using a sledgehammer, the release said. The post office was closed at the time the burglary occurred. Evidence also revealed that while Taylor and Webb were inside the post office, they stole nine packages containing quantities of prohibited synthetic stimulants commonly known as “bath salts” and fled the scene.
Benjamin J. Webb, 39, of Beckley, previously pleaded guilty in May to burglary and aiding and abetting the burglary of a federal post office. Webb admitted that packages stolen from the Fairdale Post Office were addressed to him and contained quantities of bath salts.
Taylor faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Jan. 10, 2013, by United States District Judge Irene Berger. Webb faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on Aug. 30.