By Andrew Binion / Kitsap Sun
PORT ORCHARD — An 18-year-old Bremerton man was charged Monday with first-degree theft after running an internet-style scam on acquaintances, stealing $10,000. Only he did it in person.
A Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputy alleged in court documents that on Sunday the suspect convinced a boyfriend and girlfriend to allow him to deposit $10,000 in their credit union accounts. The couple had been giving the suspect a ride home and he said he didn’t have a bank account of his own.
The two handed over their account information, and the man made $5,000 deposits in each of their accounts. Then he withdrew about the same amount in traveler’s checks and cash.
The boyfriend and girlfriend were “concerned,” but the suspect “repeatedly told them to not worry about it and everything would be fine,” according to court documents.
The next day the two learned that the deposit had been fraudulent and they were each responsible for returning the $5,000.
When interviewed by the deputy, the suspect’s explanation was “very confusing and did not make much sense.” The suspect repeatedly noted he did not remember much of what happened that day as he was drunk.