STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — At least he had a good reason.
A former College of Staten Island student who served as editor-in-chief for the school’s student-run newspaper, The Banner, was arrested after he allegedly stole an iMac computer from his one-time colleagues’ office, according to a law enforcement source.
Jean-Claude Quintyne, 24, was busted Tuesday at his Brooklyn home, where police allegedly found the stolen computer. It was apparently still labeled with the CSI property tag, according to the source and court documents.
He admitted to detectives that he swiped the $1,700 iMac from his former cronies at The Banner because he “needed a better computer,” the source said.
According to the source, Quintyne was visiting with friends at CSI on March 3, and had been hanging out with them at the newspaper’s office inside the Campus Center building.
At around 1 a.m., after the other students had left for the night, Quintyne allegedly smashed the office door’s window, walked in and stole the iMac, according to the source and court documents.
The newspaper’s staff reported the incident to police the next day after they realized the computer was missing, the source said.
Investigators pinned the burglary on Quintyne after reviewing the college’s surveillance video which allegedly shows him breaking into the office, according to court documents and the source.
Police arrested and charged him with felony burglary, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, according to information from District Attorney Michael E. McMahon’s office. He also faces misdemeanor criminal trespassing and criminal mischief charges.
A spokesman for CSI confirmed Quintyne is a former student, but declined to comment further on the case.
“The College is cooperating with the NYPD on their active and an ongoing investigation,” the spokesman said.
In an online profile, Quintyne says he’s an independent artist and filmmaker, and notes that his artwork has been featured in exhibits at CSI and on Staten Island. He graduated from CSI in 2014 with a cinema studies degree, and had worked as editor-in-chief at The Banner, according to the profile.
“As a thinker and provocateur, I am an insightful, considerate, and meticulous colleague who will not hesitate to see a project reach its full potential,” he wrote.
Quintyne was released on his own recognizance during his arraignment Wednesday in Criminal Court, public records show.
Attorney information was not immediately available.