A longtime employee of the state Department of Employment and Economic Development was charged Friday with eight felony counts involved alleged theft of at least 15 government computers.
A criminal complaint described Daryl Brandon Bacchus, 38, of Woodbury, as a DEED employee who "had access to all of their buildings and every aspect of their computer system ... 24 hours a day."
Bacchus had recently asked co-workers for loans, saying he needed money because he was having a problem with a cousin, according to the complaint, filed Friday in Ramsey County District Court.
Pawn records showed that Bacchus had received money for 26 computers and one screen projector at pawn shops in Roseville, Little Canada, Minneapolis, Oakdale and Richfield, the complaint said.
Police believe all the machines were stolen from DEED, but serial numbers exactly matched only some of them, according to the complaint.
Arrested at his workplace in St. Paul, Bacchus "did not appear surprised and didn't even ask why he was being arrested," the complaint said. He declined to give a statement to police.
A contact number for Bacchus could not be located Friday.
He began working at DEED in 1998.
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