An Aberdeen woman has been arrested on charges of theft and arson after investigators say she stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from a local credit union and tried to cover it up with fire. Lieutenant Kevin Darst with the Aberdeen Police Department said that 38-year-old Krista Putman was arrested Monday, July 24, 2017, on a $100,000 Warrant for two counts of Theft in the First Degree and Arson in the Second Degree. Putman is a white female who resides in Aberdeen. The warrant is a result of an investigation completed by Det. Cox of the Aberdeen Police Department with the help of the Aberdeen Fire Department and Aberdeen Police Officers.
The warrant is a result of an investigation completed by Det. Cox of the Aberdeen Police Department with the help of the Aberdeen Fire Department and Aberdeen Police Officers.
The investigation started on March 29, 2016, when Aberdeen Officers were dispatched to a possible structure fire in the 2600 block of Sumner Avenue. The Aberdeen Fire Department responded and determined that the fire was suspicious. Detective Cox responded to assist. They learned that an Auditor had shown up the day before for an unannounced visit at the location, which is a credit union. The Auditor was from the National Credit Union Administration. He returned the day of the fire and the files that he needed were the ones that had burned in the fire. Krista Putman was the manager of the credit union at the time of the fire and was in the building at the time of the fire.
During the initial investigation, suspicions of an internal theft became evident. Det. Cox worked with the Credit Union who launched an audit by an independent accounting firm. The audit confirmed a theft of over $350,000 dollars. The investigation concluded that Putman was responsible for the theft and the arson.
The second count of Theft in the First Degree is a separate theft that was uncovered during Detective Cox’s investigation. A local business owner was found to be another victim of Putman’s for over $13,000 dollars.