Minden Press-Herald

Tuesday
Sep 30th

Suspect says he had victim’s OK to use debit card

Micheal Gene WilliamsA local man shared more than just his residence with a roommate and ended up paying a price.

Michael Gene Williams, 36, of the 100 block of Bay Creek Road, is charged with simple burglary for unauthorized entry into a residence and taking money from a file cabinet. He was also arrested for access device fraud.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said his department first heard from the victim in February, when the man discovered money missing from several bank accounts.

"Someone was using the victim's information and withdrawing money from an ATM (Automated Teller Machine)," Cropper said. "The victim filed a complaint and the investigation was turned over to Sgt. Keith King, Jr."

The same victim later reported that someone entered his residence without forced entry and took cash from a locked file cabinet inside a closet.

"The file cabinet was pried open," said the chief. "The victim told the detective that the only person who had a key and access to the residence was Williams. These two apparently shared a house in the past and when Williams left, he took his key."

Cropper said the alleged break-in took place after the victim reported the money was missing from his bank accounts.

On March 8, detectives interviewed Williams, who indicated he had used the victim's debit card and entered the file cabinet, taking an undisclosed amount of cash.

"But, Williams said he had the victim's permission to do all these things," Cropper said. "The victim indicated he (Williams) did not."

Williams was booked at the Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

Bond was set at $5,000 for access device fraud.

 

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