The man seen in video footage and photos applying super glue to ATMs was identified by police as Charles Johnson of Port Angeles. Johnson is back in jail following a theft in downtown Port Angeles.

Suspect in ATM glue damage back in jail after theft

PORT ANGELES — A 65-year-old Port Angeles man who could face charges for allegedly putting glue on several ATM machines last weekend was back in jail this weekend after police said he attempted to steal from a Port Angeles business.

Charles Alan Johnson was arrested last Wednesday and released from the Clallam County jail on personal recognizance at 5 p.m. Thursday.

By 2:45 p.m. Friday, less than 24 hours later, he was back in jail.

Theft reported

Police took a report Friday at about 10 a.m. of a theft at a business in the 100 block of West First Street, according a press release.

Officers reviewed surveillance footage of someone taking an employee’s set of keys and said they recognized the suspect as Johnson, but he was not in the area at the time of the review.

Johnson then went back to the same business at about 2:30 p.m. and was wearing a stolen T-shirt, according to a press release.

Staff confronted him and he returned the shirt, but there was a second stolen shirt underneath, police said.

When he was asked about the stolen keys, he fled. Police responded and found him in a backyard near downtown, according to the press release.

Johnson was held Sunday in the Clallam County jail for investigation of three counts of third-degree theft.

Considering charges

The Clallam County Prosecuting Attorneys’s Office will consider filing formal charges related to gluing ATMs at Johnson’s court appearance today.

City police said Johnson applied super glue to the face of several ATM machines over the Labor Day weekend, rendering them inoperable and causing several thousand dollars in damage.

Johnson had been on state Department of Corrections supervision for a 2017 identity theft conviction prior to his arrest, Clallam County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney April King said previously.

He also had a warrant history and six prior convictions for violating protection orders, King added.


Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at [email protected]

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