Charges: Man caught on camera stealing camera

LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- A 26-year-old man caught on security camera stealing said security camera admitted to officers it was a "dumbass thing to do," according to charges filed Monday in Pierce County Superior Court.

An employee at the Laurel Garden Apartments in Lakewood got to work Sept. 22 to find a recently installed security camera missing from near the office. The camera was valued at more than $1,500.

The employee turned the security camera's footage over to the Lakewood Police Department. According to the charging documents, the footage showed Mark Fadness Jr. climbing up to the camera around 5 and using an electric drill to remove it.

Officers stopped Fadness on suspicion of riding a bicycle without a helmet Sept. 26, and he reportedly admitted to stealing multiple security cameras from Laurel Garden.

According to the charging documents, Fadness took officers to his home and handed over two security cameras he said he had stolen from the apartment building. He also reportedly told officers he stole a third camera, but he "just threw it on the side of the road" because he thought it was fake.

Fadness said he had no reason for taking the cameras and admitted stealing them was a "dumbass thing to do," according to the charging documents.

He has been charged with theft and is also a suspect in a second case of stolen security cameras.