The now-former operator of one of the local U-Haul franchises in Lincoln City has himself been hauled down to the county jail in Newport on charges that he took advantage of a customer to the store who had accidentally left his credit card on the counter.
The victim said he had been shopping for a gift and had stopped into the Entertainment Center, which also had a U-Haul part of the business. The victim said he left the store without knowing he’d left his credit card behind. Later he got his credit card bill with all kinds of charges on it that he knew he hadn’t made. So police say the victim started calling all the stores he’s visited and all but one of them talked to him. One did not. The Entertainment Center.
Lincoln City Police told NewsLincolnCounty.com that they traced some of the credit card purchases and found that at least one of the purchases had been delivered to the Entertainment Center.
After further investigating, police referred the matter to the Lincoln County Grand Jury, and when presented with all the evidence handed down an indictment against James Menees. The grand jury charged him with using the victim’s credit card to pay off his own credit card balances and for various and sundry on line shopping items, including a camera from a major national retailer. Other items, described as “sex toys” were also said to have been purchased by Menees with the victim’s card.
Menees was taken into custody and hauled to the Lincoln County Jail in Newport where he was booked on three counts of identity theft, three counts of credit card fraud and for stealing a misplaced piece of property. Menees is being held on $200,000 bail.