Man Charged with Damaging Hatley Library

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A 34-year-old Hatley man is charged with causing thousands of dollars worth of damage to the building that houses the Hatley Library and the adjoining senior center.

The damage was reported Sunday morning. Investigators say inside they found broken glass, cupboard doors that had been pried open, and dust from a fire extinguishers that had been discharged.

David Narloch, the Village of Hatley's president, said luckily the break-in didn't stop the library from opening its doors once again.

"The good news was that it didn't really affect the library or the library patrons here," said Narloch, "We were able to have the library opened on Monday morning so it was business as usual."

The Sheriff's Department is still investigating how the suspect got into the building, but did say there appeared to be no forced entry.

The suspect, identified by the investigators as Jeremy Kurasz, was found in parked car just blocks away. According to the incident report, Kurasz had yellow dust on his head, which was believed to be dust from a fire extinguisher.

The library sustained minimal damage with the most found in the hallway and men's restroom. Authorities say the suspect also broke glass in a two-sided gas fireplace. It's believed access was gained to the library through the fire place-- which could have been why the glass was broken out.

According to court documents, the suspect left shoe prints in the hallway when he walk through suppression chemicals from the fire extinguishers. Detectives says the boots Kurasz was wearing at the time of his arrest matched the shoe prints.

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department says they are unaware if anything was taken, most likely due to the number of items damaged.

Kurasz is charged with burglary, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, possession of THC, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Sheriff's Department says the case is still under investigating. A motive was not revealed in court documents.

Kurasz is free on a $5,000 signature bond. He'll return to court on May 12.

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