Police arrest teenager for burglary at Boone County, Ark. Library
HARRISON, Ark. (KY3) - Police in Harrison arrested a teenager accused of burglarizing the Boone County Library.
Devon Decker, 19, faces charges of commercial burglary and criminal mischief.
Investigators say Decker used a rock to smash the glass out of the south emergency exit door shortly before 1 a.m. on July 22. Police say he also damaged multiple computers, an internal door, decorations, and a vending machine.
“We were all just kind of blown away by the fact that somebody would do something like that,” said Boone County Library director Ginger Schoenenberger. “It was really disappointing because we’re here for the entire public, and it’s our job to protect what we have for them. It’s not our belonging. We’re here as custodians.”
The library staff estimates the damage totals $2,500.
“He actually took a rock and busted out a window on the south side doors and gained entry there,” said Harrison Police Chief Chris Graddy. “We got a call just a little before 1 a.m., and it was actually the suspect that called in. He said he was in the Boone County Library, and he’d broke in and wanted to give himself up.”
Library staff told KY3 Monday surveillance video captured the incident.
“He tried to get on the computers, and he couldn’t because they are locked down in the evening,” said Schoenenberger. “So he picked it up and demolished it. Then he went and tried to get onto another computer and again couldn’t, and he demolished that one as well. Also, (he) kind of made himself at home, went into our break room and got some sodas and was drinking in the genealogy department.”
According to the police report, Decker told police that he was mourning the recent loss of his daughter and was upset. Graddy says three officers and the K9 unit arrived on the scene. He said Decker came willingly and was placed under arrest.
The Boone County Library is in the process of replacing the door and damaged computers.
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