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Man charged in Leavenworth for money trafficking and stolen property

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Man charged in Leavenworth for money trafficking and stolen property

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April 12, 2013

(Leavenworth, WA) On Thursday, April 11, 2013, Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to three reported vehicle prowls which occurred at the Enzian Motor Inn and the Fairbridge Inn and Suites in Leavenworth.  One of the victim vehicles received a smashed driver side window, the other received damage to the truck canopy.  The third vehicle received no damage to gain entry.  All three vehicles had items of value stolen from their interior to include a GPS system and various clothing items.  Also taken was a wallet containing a British Columbia Driver’s license, Canadian Visa card, $300 in Canadian currency and other personal documents.  The victim of the stolen wallet had already contacted his bank and they told him his Visa card was used at the Leavenworth Starbucks at shortly after 8AM that morning.

A short time later, Deputies discovered some discarded stolen property in the vicinity of the vehicle prowls which included a bag of toys from Toys R Us and an emergency kit for a vehicle, all associated with one of the vehicle prowls reported earlier.

Deputies contacted the Starbucks store, letting them know a subject used a stolen credit card at their store that morning.  An employee stated a male subject came into the store shortly after 8AM and wanted to buy two $30 gift cards and some coffee.  He tried to pay with Canadian currency, but since they didn’t accept the currency, the male removed a Canadian Visa card from his wallet to pay for the gift cards and coffee.  Employees at the store described the subject to the Deputies and it matched the description of a person they had dealt with in the recent past.  The Deputies returned to Starbucks a short time later with a photo montage and the suspect was immediately identified as the person having purchased the items from their store.

Deputies then contacted the local banks to see if anyone had attempted to exchange Canadian currency that morning and all said they hadn’t had anyone come in for that reason.  They were requested to call 911 if anyone attempted an exchange the currency over the next couple days.  Later in the day, at about 4PM, Rivercom dispatched Deputies to a suspicious call at the Wells Fargo Bank in Leavenworth where a male subject was attempting to exchange Canadian currency.  He was described as a white male, shaved head and wearing a black jacket and swimming trunks.  The caller from the bank then reported the male became agitated and left the bank walking eastbound on Highway 2.

Deputies arrived in the area and located the male subject who was identified as 25 year old, Colton Nicol of Leavenworth.  When asked for identification, the subject took out a newer wallet, which matched that of the one stolen earlier, opened it and then told the Deputy he didn’t have any.   The Deputy checked the wallet and found $250 in Canadian currency, two $30 Starbuck gift cards which matched those purchased that morning and several receipts from Toys R Us which matched the toys recovered earlier that morning.

Nicol was ultimately arrested for Identity Theft Second Degree, Trafficking in Stolen Property First Degree and Possessing Stolen Property Third Degree.  The investigation continues and additional charges could be pending for Nicol.

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