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HANSVILLE Kitsap County Sheriffs Office deputies have arrested a - transient man who allegedly stole from a Hansville couple.
The victim, a 45-year-old Hansville resident, called Kitsap County Central Communications while on vacation in Mexico to notify law enforcement that an alleged Hurricane Katrina survivor had been staying in his home and the victim noticed several forged and cashed checks and unauthorized withdrawals from his checking account.
Further investigation by deputies showed that the suspect had recently cashed a check in King County belonging to the victim as well as used his ATM card several times to withdrawal money from his checking account.
A Money Mart store in Seattle claimed to have a check that the suspect tried to cash from the victims account and that the suspect is known for passing bad checks. Based on evidence, deputies estimated that $10,000 had been stolen from the victims.
Deputies were able to make contact with the suspect Nov. 3. He was arrested on charges for theft, identity theft, forgery, residential burglary and violation of a controlled substance act (cocaine was found on his person). Bail was set at $130,000. It is unclear if he was actually a victim of Hurricane Katrina.