Thieves Use Stolen Check to Buy $18,000 Car

A Tacoma man was arrested on fraud charges and a woman remains at large after Elma Police say they stole a 92-year-old woman’s identity and used a stolen check to buy a car.

The Elma Police Department reported on their Facebook page that they were contacted by a 92-year-old female from Bremerton on August 2nd. She said she was a victim of identity theft. The suspects had used fraudulent identifications and a stolen check in the name of the victim, to purchase a vehicle from Elma Value Ford in the amount of $18,000. The true identities were unknown to both the victim and the dealership.

Through cooperation with employees of Elma Value Ford, the suspects were contacted and asked to come into the dealership to take possession of the title and plates for the stolen vehicle. On August 6th at around 3 pm, one of the suspects, a 36-year-old male from Tacoma, arrived at the location in the stolen vehicle and was taken into custody after a brief struggle with Elma Police. Through the course of the investigation, another suspect was identified as a 41-year-old female with ties to the Grays Harbor area. She is still currently being sought by police.

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The male suspect was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail on charges of Theft 1st Degree, Identity Theft 1st Degree, and various other drug charges.

Nice work Officer Miller and Officer Wheeler on a job well done! Also a huge thanks to Elma Value Ford for your assistance.

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