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Homeless man robs his 'Grandma' in SK
Taken from incident reports by Kitsap County Sheriff's Deputies:
A 22-year-old Bremerton man allegedly stole a check from a woman he called “grandma,” and used a handicapped friend to cash it at the Kitsap Credit Union on South Kitsap Boulevard.
The 63-year-old “grandma” called police at 3:14 p.m. on June 3, to report that sometime had repeatedly broken into her house, stolen her purse and cashed a check withdrawing $1,500 from her account.
The first break-in occurred on May 31.Someone entered her house late at night and stole her purse while she was sleeping, she thinks.
They broke in again, late at night on June 1, and she woke up the next day, noticing that her front door was wide open, as if someone had been inside.
Nothing was stolen during the second break-in, she said.
On June 3, she received a call from Kitsap Bank saying that a check for $1,500 had been cashed and the money taken from her account.
She told the bankers that the check had been stolen and forged, and that she suspected one of her neighbors. The check had been written to a 41-year-old South Kitsap man who used a wheelchair instead of walking.
The same man had been involved in a traffic accident the same day that he’d cashed the check.
Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies stopped by the man’s house and asked him why he did it.
He said that his friend, who had been driving the car at the time of the accident, had masterminded the scheme and duped him into cashing the check.
The woman, who had been robbed, was surprised to learn about the younger man’s involvement, she said.
He had always treated her nicely, she said, and he even called her his “grandma.”
He was completely responsible for the robbery, according to the older man.
The younger man allegedly gave the older man the check that had already been filled out, and he said that it was from his grandma, to help him move into an apartment.
He was homeless at the time, he said.
The older man was suspicious, he said.
But the younger man allegedly called the woman and asked if he was her grandmother, then he handed his cell phone to his older friend.
She allegedly confirmed that she was, in fact, his grandmother.
The older man assumed that it was OK then, so he didn’t bother to inspect the check any further, he said.
He just wheeled himself into the credit union and cashed it, while the younger man flirted with a female credit union employee in the office.
The older man successfully cashed the check, and the two left.
As the younger man was driving the older man home, he rear-ended the vehicle in front of them.
The younger man allegedly walked toward the Walmart store and then left.
The older man hasn’t seen him since, he said.
After hearing his story, police arrested the older man, and charged him with trafficking in stolen property ad recklessness in cashing the check.
They didn’t handcuff him, and they got his medicine from his mother before they took him to jail.
His bail was initially set at $5,000.
The younger man is believed to be currently homeless, and police have probable cause to arrest him. They allegedly tried, unsuccessfully, to find him.