A Sitka man has been indicted on charges of stealing more than $25,000 in cash from a local business.

A Grand Jury on Friday (10-24-14) indicted 56-year-old James Land on one charge of Theft in the First Degree, a Class B felony.

The charges stem from accusations that Land stole over $25,000 in cash from the True Value hardware store, where he has been a longtime employee. According to Assistant District Attorney Jean Seaton, the theft took place at some point between January 2012 and August 2014.

Land is also facing one charge of Misconduct Involving Weapons in the Third Degree, for possession of a firearm with a prior felony conviction. That previous felony conviction came for driving under the influence.

Seaton says the two charges are unconnected and that the firearm was found in a search of Land’s house during the investigation.

Land is scheduled to be arraigned next Wednesday (11-5-14).