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Incident Report for Case #2013-253487

Incident Type

Theft

Incident Date

08/16/2013 - 7:09 PM

Address

545 State St. (Tech Heroes)

Arrested

Jake R. Woelffer, age 19, no permanent address
Suspect was arrested for Theft from Motor Vehicle - Party To A Crime, Misappropriation of Personal Identifying Materials.

Details

Some say Pat is a name that could go either way: could be a man or could be a woman. In this case the first name was Kieran, and a thief figured that was a woman's name, but a downtown store clerk knew better, at least when it comes to the Kieran in question. He knows Kieran, and when the suspect handed him a credit card with this particular Kieran's name on it, he asked the purchaser how he came to possess the card. The suspect told him Kieran is his stepmother.

But the clerk knew the Kieran, with whom he is familiar, is most definitely a man, a man who has his name on a company credit card. It turns out it had been in the wallet of a co-worker, and the wallet had been stolen from an unlocked company truck just hours before the credit card was handed to the employee.

The suspect, and an accomplice, had come into Tech Heroes, 545 State St., on August 16 and were trying to use the card to purchase two iPods. The gender gaffe caused the clerk to hold onto one, while the men fled with the other. However, the astute cashier was left with some solid clues as to the identity of one suspect. The man who committed the Kieran faux pas had actually written his real name on the credit slip, and the victim had also gotten a digital photograph of him. He used the credit slip to find someone with the same name on Facebook, and on the Facebook page was a picture of the suspect.

An impressed investigating officer tried to immediately locate the man at what turned out to be an old address, but he didn't forget the face. This past Saturday the officer was walking a downtown beat when he saw the suspect near State St. and W. Mifflin St. The 19-year old had, in his possession, the stolen wallet, the wallet that once contained Kieran's credit card. The store clerk had kept it at the time of the crime, as he knew the man he knows is no stepmother.



Released 08/26/2013 at 3:42 PM by PIO Joel DeSpain

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