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Warrants Issued For Man Accused In Thefts Targeting Seniors

Written by on July 8, 2021

RENTON, WA — King County investigators are working to trace down a 27-year-old man accused of stealing 1000’s of {dollars} from seniors in Renton, Bellevue and Tukwila. Based on King County prosecutors, Georgio Christoper Stevens is known as in 13 felony fees, largely associated to id theft.

The Renton Police Division filed 9 of the circumstances between January and Could, and the Bellevue Police Division filed one in January and one other in February. The prosecutor’s workplace mentioned Stevens was initially booked into King County Jail in March however was granted non permanent launch over prosecutors’ objections in late Could to finish a substance abuse therapy program. He was due again on the Maleng Regional Justice Middle in Kent on June 23 and failed to indicate up, prosecutors mentioned.

On Wednesday, the prosecutor’s workplace and Renton police described how a number of seniors fell sufferer to a rip-off that compromised their debit card data.

Dave Leibman, a Renton police commander, mentioned every crime adopted the identical framework, with the suspect inflicting minor harm to a sufferer’s parked automobile whereas they’re away, then ready for them to return and providing to restore it for a small charge, beneath the guise of representing a neighborhood enterprise.

As soon as they agreed to the “restore,” prosecutors mentioned he would ask for a debit card and run it by means of a card reader, asking them to enter their pin, which was seen as a plain quantity. After making an excuse to depart, police mentioned he would use the stolen data to siphon cash out of ATMs, typically amounting to 1000’s of {dollars}.

A surveillance photograph from a KeyBank ATM reveals a person police consider withdrew 1000’s of {dollars} utilizing private debit card data stolen from seniors. (King County Prosecutor’s Workplace)

The victims in every case have been seniors, and a few had disabilities with automobiles displaying corresponding placards or license plates, prosecutors mentioned.

“The guts of the matter is that he is victimizing, he is focusing on individuals he feels are going to be weak,” Leibman mentioned. “These people that he is focusing on are the individuals who can least afford to lose that sort of cash. We have simply bought to get him off the road.”

Since Stevens’ launch and subsequent failure to look, Renton police mentioned they misplaced observe of him and have become conscious of no less than yet one more incident on July four which may be associated.

Together with the most recent case, Leibman estimated the victims had misplaced greater than $20,000 mixed. Police additionally consider there could also be extra victims who haven’t come ahead and encourage anybody who encountered an analogous rip-off to make a proper report. A choose signed arrest warrants associated to the case on June 24.

— to patch.com

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