Three people arrested after found with counterfeit money, skimming devices
Sheriff’s Report: June 28-30, 2017
June 27, 2017
Three people were arrested over the weekend after deputies with the Summit County Sheriff's Office found counterfeit money and skimming devices in their possession.
Deputies were originally responding to a domestic violence incident at a hotel in the Kimball Junction area on Saturday when they noticed drug paraphernalia and counterfeit money in plain view in the suspects' room, according to the Sheriff's Office.
A report states deputies secured a search warrant for the room and a vehicle belonging to the suspects. They found numerous laptops, printers, scanners and counterfeit $20 and $100 bills. A skimming device, commonly used to gather information such as credit card data, was also found in their possession.
Kari Redmond, age 37, of North Dakota, and Christopher Ooka, age 32, of Utah County, were each arrested for outstanding warrants and preliminarily charged with possession of a forged writing device, which is used to print fraudulent checks and currency; forgery; possession or use of drug paraphernalia; produce, manufacture, or dispense, or to possess with intent to produce, manufacture, or dispense, a controlled or counterfeit substance; providing false information to a police officer; and unlawful possession of another person's identification documents.
Christepher Olheiser, age 19, of North Dakota, was arrested for an outstanding warrant and preliminarily charged with possession of a forged writing device; forgery; possession or use of drug paraphernalia; and produces, manufactures, or dispenses, or to possess with intent to produce, manufacture, or dispense, a controlled or counterfeit substance.
Lt. Andrew Wright said a case of this size in the community likely means people are passing through and setting up operations to take advantage of residents and businesses.
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"That is concerning to us because they are coming here and preying upon our community members and then, most likely, packing up and moving to the next community," Wright said. "It was a very intricate operation where they were printing their own currency and checks.
"We are super proud of our deputies and the fact they were able to take three alleged criminals off of the street and get them out of our community, while holding them accountable for what they have done here and in other locations," he said.
Wright said the U.S. Secret Service, along with other federal authorities, have been notified of the incident and may be conducting a separate investigation.
According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to several other calls between Monday, June 19 and Sunday, June 25, including a report of a missing person.
Sunday, June 25
No significant incidents were reported.
Saturday, June 24
A 62-year-old woman was found unresponsive by her daughter at her home in the Kimball Junction area. Life-saving measures were attempted by medical personnel, but she was later pronounced deceased.
Deputies responded to a report of an assault in the Kimball Junction area after a man claims he was punched by another man. The victim reportedly suffered a broken jaw and was transported to a Salt Lake area hospital by a friend. Deputies were unable to locate the suspect. An investigation is ongoing.
A Basin man reported a laptop and $500 in coins had been taken from his vehicle while it was parked in his driveway.
Friday, June 23
A Basin woman reported that $400 in cash had been taken from her vehicle while it was parked in her driveway.
Thursday, June 22
A Basin woman's friend transferred money into her bank account. However, she used a fraudulent check. An investigation is ongoing.
A woman left her wallet on her car while getting gas at a convenience store in the Kimball Junction area. Her credit card was reportedly used at two stores in the Salt Lake area.
Extra law enforcement surveillance has been requested along Old Lincoln Highway because dispatch has received several complaints about speeding.
Wednesday, June 21
Deputies stopped a vehicle on State Road 224 and arrested the driver for an outstanding warrant.
Employees at a business in the Kimball Junction area contacted dispatch after a man attempted to take items without paying for them. He was arrested and preliminarily charged with retail theft.
Tuesday, June 20
Deputies arrested a man at a convenience store on State Road 224 for an outstanding warrant and driving on a suspended license.
Deputies responded to a potential domestic violence incident involving a gun between a man and a woman in the presence of a one-month-old infant at a North Summit home. However, deputies did not observe any evidence of a crime and no arrests were made. The case will be sent to the county attorney's office and screened for charges.
Dispatch received a report that a man became separated from his friend while hiking near Crystal Lake at around 11 p.m. Summit County Search and Rescue responded and located the man around 2 a.m.
Monday, June 19
No significant incidents were reported.
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