Feb. 21--TWIN FALLS -- A Twin Falls man has been accused of spending more than $5,000 on a stolen credit card at local gas stations and stores.
Police say the card, belonging to a Twin Falls attorney, was used 41 times in August.
Christopher Green, 37, was arraigned Monday on a felony charge of theft by acquiring lost property in Twin Falls County Court.
The charges were filed after police spoke with Green, who was already in jail on an unrelated charge.
A police report gave this account of the alleged theft:
On Aug. 15, Mark Wasden reported that his Key Bank debit card had been used several times without his permission. Wasden showed police his bank statement which listed 41 unauthorized charges to his checking account between Aug. 9 and Aug. 12, totaling $5,519.79
Police looked at video surveillance of Green at a Maverick Country Store, Walgreens and Walmart in Twin Falls. In some instances in the video, Green can be seen signing Wasden's name on receipts. During one of the trips to Walmart, Green spent more than $700 on two computers.
Several unauthorized purchases were made at Best Buy, but police did not see video footage of Green buying the items.
A police officer recognized Green and his son in the footage from the stores.
On Oct. 10, police visited Green's wife at the South Boise Women's Correctional Center, where she identified her husband in pictures taken from the video.
Then, on Oct. 24, police spoke to Green, who was in the Twin Falls County Jail awaiting trial on a drug charge. Police showed Green photos of him from Walmart and Walgreens and he admitted they pictured him and his son.
Green said he was using drugs heavily at the time of the thefts and that he didn't know the card was stolen. He told police that he got the card from a red-haired woman named Julie who works at Wasden Law Office. When cashiers asked for ID, Green would tell them he was an employee at the law office and have them call "Julie," who would give permission to use the card.
Wasden told police he had no one named Julie or woman with red hair working at his law office. The stolen card was for his personal use and kept in his wallet, he said. The card for office expenses had no unauthorized charges. Wasden said he believed he lost the card at a gas station.
Green's bail was set at $50,000 and he's scheduled to be back in court Dec. 13 for a preliminary hearing.
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