Man charged with stealing library laptop

A man in jail for parole violations was charged Saturday with stealing a laptop from the Kenai library in April.

Brandon E. Douglass, 35, faces one count of second-degree theft, a class C felony, and one count of tampering with physical evidence, a class C felony.

Douglass allegedly stole a Dell Latitude laptop worth approximately $1,500 from the Kenai Community Library on April 23.

The laptop was reported missing on April 26. A police officer reportedly recognized Douglass in surveillance footage provided by the library, according to a police affidavit filed with the court.

Douglass was interviewed at Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where he was being held for violating the conditions of his release. Douglass pleaded guilty in a Wrangell courtroom to third-degree assault, criminal mischief and illegally possessing a weapon in 2014.

Although he initially denied stealing the laptop, Douglass later admitted to taking it and arranged to have the laptop returned, according to police.

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