Sand Point Post Office Burglars Sentenced

Two men have been sentenced in U.S. District Court to serve 21 months in federal prison for burglarizing the post office in Sand Point.

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Twenty-one-year-old Sheldon Wilson Shuravloff, and Keith Lee Wilson, Jr., 19, both of Sand Point, previously pleaded guilty to burglarizing the Sand Point post office in the early morning hours on December 28, 2014.

The burglary caused more than $15,000 in damage to the post office and shut down the facility for a week while the investigation and repairs were completed.

The shutdown meant residents in Sand Point were without medicine, baby formula and household items that arrive by mail.

In a statement to the court, Sand Point’s Postmaster, indicated that the vandalism also delayed delivery of fishing permits and gear essential to the operation of the Sand Point fishing fleet.

Upon release from prison, both Shuravloff and Wilson will remain under court supervision for three years. During that time, both men will be required to complete 250 hours of community service and pay nearly $16,000 dollars in restitution to the United States Postal Service.

During the sentencing, US District court Judge Timothy Burgess called the burglary an extremely serious crime that had a tremendous impact on the Sand Point community as a whole. Judge Burgess specifically noted the intangible harms suffered by the community as a result of Shuravloff and Wilson’s actions.

According to Judge Burgess, both men have amassed lengthy criminal records that stretch back to their early teens.