N.Dakota man charged with stealing Richland woman's checks

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldJanuary 28, 2013 

A North Dakota man who spent the night with a Richland woman after the two met in a bar pleaded innocent this week to charges he stole her checks and her brother's credit card.

Scott Gregory Slocumb, 50, tried to tell police that the duplicate card accidentally ended up in his wallet, court documents said.

But he admitted the truth after officers also found the woman's checks in his wallet and an envelope with attempts to copy her signature, documents said.

Slocumb is charged in Benton County Superior Court with second-degree identity theft and second-degree possession of stolen property.

His trial is set March 11.

The two met one night earlier this month at a Richland bar, according to court documents. Slocumb told the woman that he is from Coeur d'Alene but is living in North Dakota so he can work in the oil fields.

Court documents show Slocumb has a Willingston, N.D., address.

Once at the woman's home, Slocumb told the woman he was going to return to his job that following morning and the pair said their good-byes before going to sleep. The woman had to go to work before Slocumb woke up, but she believed he left her home about 8:15 a.m. while they were talking to each other on the phone, documents said.

She didn't suspect anything was wrong until her brother went to a Tri-City fast-food restaurant for lunch that same day and his debit card was declined. The brother was certain he had money in the account since he had checked it the night before, so he went to Chase Bank to find out what was going on.

He discovered six transactions totaling $207.82 that he did not make, court documents said. He told investigators that he carries one of the bank cards and the second one is at his sister's house, so when he notified her of the charges, she suspected Slocumb of the theft, documents said.

One of the charges was at Motel 6, where Slocumb had told the victim he was staying, so Richland officers went to question Slocumb before he left town. He reportedly invited the police into his room and agreed to talk after being read his Miranda rights.

Officers told him why they were there. Slocumb at first pulled a card from his wallet and said, "Oh, I must have put this in my wallet by mistake and used it," court documents said.

But questioned further about it, Slocumb allegedly admitted he took the card from her house.

Police asked to look through his wallet and found two checks with the victim's name on them, documents said. They also reportedly found an envelope on a counter that had several attempts at signing the woman's name.

-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 582-1531; kkraemer@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer

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