A 30-year-old resident of Arapahoe is facing a Federal prison term of up to five years and a $250,000 fine if he is convicted of the charge of Burglary of a Post Office. The charge against Allen Joseph Whiteplume, Jr., was entered before United States Magistrate Judge Teresa McKee after Whiteplume's arrest on Friday. Whiteplume is alleged to have broken into the customer service area of the Riverton Post Office around 2:30 a.m. on Friday morning. Further, it is alleged that Whiteplume removed three cash boxes from the cash register areas and threw them through the lattice work he smashed to gain entry into the secured area. According to an affidavit filed in the case by Andrew B. Jones, a U.S. Postal Inspector assigned to the Denver Office, he was informed of the break-in shortly after it occurred. After arriving in Riverton and discussing the case with the Riverton Police Department, Jones said he learned that when arrested, Whiteplume "was bleeding from his hands and stated he was looking for some change." Jones further stated that "there were three secured cash boxes on the floor of the Post Office Box Lobby near Whiteplume when he again stated he was "looking for some change." According to the affidavit, the hole Whiteplume is alleged to have busted out of the lattice work "was approximately 12 feet above the ground." Pieces of the wooden latticework were found on both sides of the wall separating the post office box lobby from the secured customer service counter area. After gaining entry into the customer service area, Whiteplume is alleged to have entered the working floor over a counter to where the postal clerks work and where the money boxes were found. A shoe print matching Whiteplume's shoe was also allegedly found on the customer service counter. Read other details here
*Feature Photo: The broken latticework where Whiteplume is alleged to have
broken to gain entrance into a secured area of the Riverton Post Office.