State laptops pawned, state employee charged

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A 15-year-employee of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) was arrested at the St. Paul office where he worked and charged in a heist involving office computers.

The Star Tribune reports that Daryl B. Bacchus, 38, of Woodbury, was charged with eight counts of theft of public funds in Ramsey County District Court on Friday.

Authorities said that Bacchus allegedly pawned 26 DEED computers and one screen projector, although only 15 could be traced via serial numbers. Bacchus allegedly pawned the items at numerous shops across the metro between April and June. The complaint said he received $2,679.50, for the items that are valued at $13,790.

The complaint said St. Paul police were notified by DEED on July 29 that 10 IBM laptops and accessories had been stolen. Police ran the computers’ serial numbers through the Automated Pawn System and traced them back to Bacchus, who had 24-hour access to the department’s buildings.

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