A Minnesota man faces two felony charges after allegedly picking up a lost wallet and using the bank card found inside to buy a $600 sweater.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Ketchum Division of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Officer Alexander Romashko, he was dispatched to River Run Lodge in Ketchum at about 1:40 p.m. on Jan. 4 for a report of a theft.
Upon making contact with the alleged victim, she reported that her boyfriend had had the wallet last to make a purchase at the outside ticket window. The boyfriend had allegedly dropped the wallet without noticing and when the couple noticed, they reportedly began to look for the wallet and found it in the men’s bathroom in the River Run Lodge with a debit card, $300 in cash and a check missing.
According to the affidavit, the alleged victim called her bank to put a hold on the card, at which time she learned that a purchase had been made at the Brass Ranch store at about 12:30 p.m. for more than $600. The bank stated the individual purchased a black and gray camo sweater.
Romashko spoke with an employee at the Brass Ranch who confirmed that a white male had come in and made the purchase. The price of the sweater with tax was $631.80 and a copy of the signed transaction receipt had the alleged victim’s name as the card holder. Romashko then proceeded to review camera footage from Sun Valley Security to see if he could identify the perpetrator.
Romashko allegedly observed a white male on the footage pick up the wallet on the ground and put it in his pocket. Romashko was able to find a woman the man was with, in the video footage, and made contact with her. She stated that her friend, the alleged perpetrator, was pulling the car around and would be back, the report states.
The alleged perpetrator was identified as Jonathon D. Hunt, 44, of Minnesota, and as Romashko was talking to him, he allegedly noticed that Hunt was wearing the sweater he had just allegedly purchased with the stolen debit card.
“I then readdressed Hunt and stated I observed him taking the wallet and that he was wearing the exact item that was purchased with a card from the wallet,” the affidavit states.
“Hunt replied ‘Right.’ I then stated there was $300 and a check taken to which Hunt replied, ‘How can we make this easy?’”
Hunt is charged with acquiring a financial transaction card with intent to defraud and fraudulently obtaining goods or services over $300, both felonies. If convicted, Hunt could face a maximum punishment of five years in prison for each felony charge. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 10, at which time the prosecution must present sufficient evidence for the case to proceed to District Court.