PORT ANGELES — Two suspects have been arrested for allegedly utilizing stolen bank cards to buy greater than $2,600 in present playing cards, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned.
Toby A. Berger, 38, of Sequim, and Jessica R. McFarland, 35, of Port Angeles every had been booked into the Clallam County jail Friday for investigation of second-degree theft, Sheriff’s Sgt. Amy Bundy mentioned.
Deputies alleged in court docket papers that Berger had taken a pockets from a person at a Port Angeles auto restore retailer and that he and McFarland used bank cards from the pockets to buy present playing cards from the Safeway east of Port Angeles.
Sgt. Eric Morris mentioned Berger and McFarland bought pre-paid Visa playing cards and present playing cards from Applebee’s, Subway, Domino’s Pizza and Dairy Queen, based on the affidavit for possible trigger.
Bundy mentioned the alleged sufferer monitored his checking account and relayed the fraudulent transactions to deputies in actual time.
Berger and McFarland had been recognized on video surveillance from the Safeway retailer east of town, Bundy mentioned.
That they had bought $2,600 worth in pre-paid Visa playing cards, an Amazon card and varied present playing cards, Bundy mentioned.
“While deputies were investigating the theft, a citizen reported seeing the suspects throw the victim’s wallet out of a car,” Bundy mentioned in a information launch.
“Deputies retrieved the wallet and returned it to the victim, but the credit cards had been removed.”
Berger and McFarland had been arrested within the Sequim space at about 8:10 p.m. Friday.
All however one of many present playing cards bought with the stolen bank cards had been recovered, Bundy mentioned.
“Both suspects confessed to having committed the crimes and were booked into Clallam County jail,” Bundy mentioned.
“This investigation is ongoing and more criminal charges are likely to follow.”
Berger and McFarland every had been launched from jail on their private recognizance Monday.
Clallam County Prosecuting Legal professional Mark Nichols had requested $2,500 bail in every case.
Superior Courtroom Decide Brian Coughenour scheduled arraignments in each instances for 9 a.m. Friday.
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