It was reported Friday that rioters who broke into the Capitol building during Wednesday’s deadly assault, stole laptops and other devices from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR).
A congressional aide to Pelosi said that a laptop was stolen from the Speaker’s ransacked office during the siege. Some rioters were seen taking photos at her desk and livestreaming from inside.
“A laptop from a conference room was stolen. It was a laptop that was only used for presentations,” Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, said in a tweet on Friday.
A Justice Department official told NBC said that one of the men photographed in Pelosi’s office, Richard Barnett, a 60-year-old from Gravette, Arkansas, was arrested on Friday. Barnett has been charged with entering and remaining on restricted grounds, violent entry, and theft of public property.
“They stole the laptop that was sitting on the table next to the telephone.”
On Thursday, DC’s Acting US Attorney Michael Sherwin told reporters that a number of items were stolen on Wednesday.
“This is probably going to take several days to flesh out exactly what happened, what was stolen, what wasn’t,” he said. “Electronic items were stolen from senators’ offices. Documents, materials were stolen, and we have to identify what was done [and] mitigate that.”