Soldotna police searching for man suspected of credit union vandalism

Soldotna police searching for man suspected of credit union vandalism

The manager estimated the cost of some of the damages at $1,256.58

A Soldotna man has been charged with criminal mischief after allegedly vandalizing a credit union in Soldotna, according to an affidavit filed at the Kenai Courthouse on April 5.

On March 6 at around 1 a.m, Soldotna Police received a call from the manager of Credit Union 1, who reported that an adult white male had damaged the walls and floor of the lobby as well as an ATM and an exposed electrical wire. The manager estimated the cost of some of the damages at $1,256.58, but the cost to replace the damaged ATM has yet to be determined, according to the affidavit.

The manager reported that in addition to damaging the property, the man in the security footage had written various things on the wall. By the time police arrived the walls had already been cleaned but photos had been taken of the graffiti. Among the writings were the words “my own brother” along with an arrow pointing to a name and a date of birth. The brother of the person named in the graffiti was identified as Clifford Stephens, 30, and police allegedly matched Stephens’ DMV photo with the person seen in the security footage.

A search warrant for Stephens was issued on April 9 after police initially failed to locate him, citing that Stephens does not have a physical address. The search is ongoing. Stephens faces one count of third-degree criminal mischief, a class C felony.

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