A West Richland man is accused of using a stolen credit card to make nearly $4,200 in purchases, including a wedding ring set that police later found at his girlfriend’s home.
Brian A. Rodgers, 18, faces a March 9 trial in Benton County Superior Court.
He pleaded innocent to first-degree identity theft and first-degree trafficking in stolen property.
The victim, a Kennewick woman, couldn’t find her credit card and filed a police report Nov. 14 after discovering several unauthorized transactions. The woman recalled last using her card Nov. 8.
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In the time the card was missing, it was used Nov. 11 at the Richland Walmart to buy $659 in goods and Nov. 12 for $3,520 at Ed and Moe’s Pawn Shop in Kennewick, court documents said. Two transactions on Nov. 12 — at the Richland Hastings for $73 and Kennewick’s Smoke City for Less for $209 — were attempted but denied, documents said.
A pawn shop employee was shopping at the Richland Target on Nov. 18 when she recognized Rodgers as the person who bought a ring set and signed for the purchase with the victim’s card, court documents said. He allegedly claimed the card belonged to his mother and he had her permission.
The employee had learned from law enforcement that Rodgers did not have permission to use the card, documents said. She noticed Rodgers was wearing a uniform for a nearby business while in Target and she passed that information on to police, who were able to track him down.
Rodgers allegedly admitted finding the card and making several purchases, including the rings at the pawn shop. He also confirmed buying an Xbox console and games and selling the goods to friends, court documents said.
An officer contacted one of those friends, who denied knowing the items were stolen. Police then contacted Rodgers’ girlfriend and retrieved the rings from her home, documents said.