A man impersonates a real estate agent to rob Lacey’s house

Some of the equipment purchased from a Lacey auto parts store with a stolen credit card.

Some of the equipment purchased from a Lacey auto parts store with a stolen credit card.


A man believed to be in his 50s was arrested last month on suspicion of multiple crimes, including criminal impersonation, after posing as a real estate agent to rob a Lacey home that was for sale, according to the police.

At approximately 3:45 p.m. on June 23, Lacey police were dispatched to an area auto parts store after the victim reported that more than $1,000 worth of gear had been purchased with a stolen credit card.

Police later learned that the man in his 50s, along with an unidentified woman believed to be in her 60s, showed up at a Lacey home earlier in the day posing as real estate agents, the Sgt. said Shannon Barnes.

The house, which is for sale, is in the area of ​​Marvin Road Southeast and Pacific Avenue Southeast, she said.

The nanny opened the door and the man and woman explained that they needed to measure the house. Several people had already looked at the house for sale, so she let them in, Barnes said. He then stole things from the house and left.

The credit card was used again at a Martin Way gas station, so police followed the suspect there and were able to identify him based on a description.

He was first held at the gas station but then ran west on Martin Way where he was eventually arrested by police, Barnes said.

In addition to criminal impersonation, the man was charged with residential burglary, forgery, obstructing a law enforcement officer and an outstanding warrant, she said. .

Rolf has worked for The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, the town of Lacey and business for the newspaper. Rolf graduated from Evergreen State College in 1990.

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