Police report $2,000 stolen
A Waupaca man and his girlfriend are accused of stealing from his father.
Maxwell J. Bauer, 20, and Kaeley M. Erickson, 23, Weyauwega, are both charged with credit card fraud.
Erickson also faces additional charges of felony identity theft and misdemeanor bail jumping.
On Oct. 27, Waupaca Police Officer Nicole Hahn met with Bauer’s father.
According to the criminal complaint, Bauer’s father had attempted to withdraw money from his Community First checking account but was denied because of insufficient funds. He told Hahn there should have been about $2,000 in the account, but now there was only $9.88.
He still had the card so he believed someone took it, used it, then returned it to his wallet. He suspected his son and his son’s girlfriend, Erickson.
Because he used the card almost daily to withdraw small amounts, it was difficult for him to determine which of the ATM withdrawals were his and which had been made by somebody else.
All of the withdrawals were made from the ATM machine at the Fulton Street Kwik Trip in Waupaca.
Kwik Trip provided photos of every transaction involving the card.
Police determined Erickson made 19 transactions totaling $1,420 in October and four transactions totalling $700 in September. Bauer allegedly made eight transactions totalling $700 in October.
When questioned by police, Bauer reportedly said his father was too drunk at the time to remember giving him permission to use the card.
On July 11, Erickson was charged with retail theft and released from custody on a $1,000 signature bond.
On Oct. 20, she was charged with intentionally abusing a hazardous substance and scheduled for an initial court appearance on Nov. 8.
On Oct. 25, she was charged with three counts of forgery and one count of theft and scheduled for an initial appearance on Nov. 8.
On Nov. 7, Erickson appeared in court on the credit card and identity theft charges. She was released on a $5,000 signature bond.