Man accused of stealing from girlfriend's grandmother

By The Tri-City HeraldJanuary 31, 2014 

A West Richland man already accused of stealing from his own grandmother now faces trial on charges of taking jewelry from his girlfriend's grandmother while staying with her.

Isaiah R. Acedillo Kupukaa, 18, pleaded innocent to one count of first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

Trial is scheduled March 17.

Acedillo Kupukaa also has a Feb. 24 trial date in the older case for first-degree trafficking in stolen property and second-degree theft.

He took three rings and $130 in cash in early January from the bedroom dresser of his girlfriend's grandmother, according to court documents in the new case. He then sold the jewelry to Money Tree in Kennewick.

Acedillo Kupukaa had been staying with the victim because his parents reportedly would no longer allow him to live at home after he'd started using drugs again following in-patient chemical dependency treatment.

The victim gave consent to police to search her home. Officers allegedly found drug paraphernalia and what appeared to be drug residue in Acedillo Kupukaa's temporary bedroom.

Police then got a search warrant to look in his backpack, which contained prescription drugs and more drug residue, court documents said. The suspected controlled substances have been sent to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab for testing.

The girlfriend's grandmother went to Money Tree and purchased back all three of her missing rings, documents said. That was done before police went to the store, but employees were able to provide documents showing that Acedillo Kupukaa had sold the victim's rings, along with other jewelry, on three different dates in January.

In Acedillo Kupukaa's pending case, he allegedly memorized his own grandmother's checking account number after overhearing her say it last August, and later wired himself $200 in cash.

The following day, the victim discovered the money was gone, along with several pieces of her jewelry, court documents said. Her ring was found at a Kennewick pawn shop and business records pointed to Acedillo Kupukaa, who needed money for a drug debt.

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