A Kenai man has been charged with theft after allegedly stealing several cellphones from the locker rooms at the Nikiski Pool, according to an affidavit filed at the Kenai Courthouse on March 19.
On Feb. 2, troopers got a call from the Nikiski Pool that several cellphones had been stolen from the family changing room. According to the affidavit, three people reported that they left their cellphones in a locker while they swam in the pool, and after swimming had discovered that their phones were missing. One victim was missing her debit card and driver’s license as well, as she had a built-in card holder on her phone’s case.
On Feb. 4, one of the victims called the troopers to say that she had located her phone using Find My iPhone, and troopers went to the residence in question to investigate. According to the affidavit, the owner of the residence told troopers that Joshua Brewer, 36, allegedly went to the Nikiski Pool twice a week to take showers. Troopers then reviewed security camera footage from outside of the family changing room that allegedly showed a man matching Brewer’s description and photo going in and out of the changing room during the times that the phones were suspected to have been stolen.
On March 8, another phone theft was reported at the Nikiski Pool and troopers once again reviewed the security camera footage from outside the family changing room. According to the affidavit, Brewer was reportedly identified in this footage as well, and troopers were initially unable to locate Brewer until he was arrested on March 21 on unrelated charges.
Brewer faces five counts of second-degree theft, a class C felony, one count of third-degree theft, a class A misdemeanor, and one count of fourth-degree theft, a class B misdemeanor.