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Tenant Takes Advantage Of Landlord

Posted 1/8/2014 11:18 AM by MDGREGORY

Yesterday, January 7th, 2014, Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy Tom Walker responded to the area of 500 S. University Road on a theft call. Deputy Walker contacted the 78-year-old victim who told him he had been missing his wallet and debit card since January 3rd. He said he went to his bank to cancel the card and was told there had been nearly $800.00 withdrawn from his account since the 3rd. The victim told Deputy Walker he thought his tenant, 31-year-old Lacey Major, may be the one who stole his money.

The victim told Deputy Walker, Major has lived with him for about a year rent free and on occasion has allowed her to use his debit card for purchases. The victim said he was looking in his pants for his wallet and could not find it. He said Major asked if he had looked in the same pants, checked the pockets and found his wallet.

Deputy Walker checked with the victim's bank and found out the card was used on the 3rd inside Rosauers at Sprague and University. He contacted the branch manager of the bank inside Rosauers and was shown video where he observed a female he recognized as Major using the debit card. Deputy Walker contacted Major and asked if she had been using the victim's card and she denied using it. Deputy Walker showed her the surveillance video of her using the card. She claimed it was for dog food and chose to not speak with Deputy Walker further.

• Major was booked into jail for the felony charges of 2nd Degree Theft and Identity Theft.