SCHENECTADY — A man was arrested for allegedly firing paintballs at the new Mont Pleasant library earlier this month.
Claudir R. Charles, 18, was charged last week with third-degree criminal mischief, a felony. He is accused of firing the paintballs at the Sixth Avenue side of the building just before 8 p.m. July 1, requiring the paint to have to be cleaned off, according to police allegations filed in court. The cost of the cleaning effort was placed at $262.30.
Charles also faces several misdemeanor charges in connection with the incident, including making graffiti, possession of graffiti instruments, third-degree criminal tampering and possessing an air gun. The damage cost was just above the $250 threshold for a felony criminal mischief count.
Police said they based the charges in part on surveillance footage.
Employees discovered the damage the following morning on the side of the building facing Sixth Avenue, Schenectady County Public Library Director Karen Bradley said Thursday.
County workers quickly scrubbed the orange-colored splatter, she said.
The Mont Pleasant Branch of the Schenectady County Public Library opened in April, replacing a former location next door which was later demolished to make way for a parking lot.
Bradley said the new location has been met with positive reception from the community.
“They’re doing fantastic,” she said. “They’re serving a tremendous number of people. The community has embraced it. Technology is always in high demand; there is great summer programming, and it’s cool and comfortable in these hot summer days.”
The library aims to complete the project in August and is planning a completion party.
Charles was also arrested in an unrelated case, records show. He faces two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, felonies, and one count of fifth-degree criminal sale of marijuana. He is accused of selling crack cocaine and marijuana in June.
Charles remained held at the Schenectady County Jail on Thursday in lieu of a combined $3,500 bail.