Man accused of breaking into Old Capitol to steal documents

Kayli Reese, Managing News Editor

A man has been accused of breaking into the Old Capitol to steal documents.

Alexander Torres, 29, Coralville, is charged with third-degree attempted burglary, possession of burglar’s tools, & fifth-degree criminal mischief.

According to the arrest affidavit, officers received an alert from the Old Capitol burglary alarm on Oct. 1. Torres was seen in video footage trying to enter the building’s south entrance.

Torres removed one door hinge with a small hammer, the affidavit said, and he was trying to remove the other two.

He allegedy admitted to officers that he didn’t have permission to be in the Old Capitol, the affidavit said, and he was attempting to “take control” of the building and steal documents from inside.

On Sept. 16, Torres was accused of attempting to steal items from the BP gas station, 1920 Lower Muscatine Road.