KODIAK — Two local women have been charged with one count each of felony theft, after stealing a credit card and attempting to use it to pay for over $1,000 worth of goods and services.
Michelle Poulos and Ashley Katelnikoff were both charged with one count of theft in the second degree, a class C felony. Additionally, Katelnikoff was charged with eight counts of credit card fraud and Poulos was charged with one count of credit card fraud, all class A misdemeanors.
According to an affidavit, on May 17 at roughly 1:30 p.m., the Kodiak Police Department received a report from a local that her wallet and credit card had been stolen out of her vehicle, which was parked, unlocked, on Mission Road. The victim informed KPD that she had received notifications that her card had been used that morning to purchase goods at Island Expresso, to attempt to pay a $50 bill with Kodiak Electric Association and to attempt to purchase goods at Safeway –– although those charges did not go through.
KPD estimated that the value of the wallet and its contents, combined with the successful fraudulent transactions, totaled roughly $125. The total value of the declined transaction attempts at Safeway and Kodiak Electric Association was roughly $1,260. In total KPD counted ten fraudulent transactions with the credit card.
Staff at Island Expresso were able to identify the defendants and provide a license plate number for the vehicle they were driving. A check through the Alaska Public Safety Information Network showed that the vehicle was not registered as belonging to either of the defendants.
After locating the vehicle, KPD were told by two acquaintances of Katelnikoff that she and the owner of the vehicle were previously in a relationship. Unable to contact Katelnikoff, KPD seized the vehicle and towed it to the department’s forensic bay.
A search warrant for the stolen items was obtained and executed. While searching the vehicle, KPD found a small amount of marijuana, a scale and a purse containing over a dozen needles and other drug paraphernalia.
An amendment to the search warrant was approved. A further search of the vehicle unearthed more needles and several containers containing a brown residue. Officers also discovered a plastic bindle containing white residue and prescription medications that were not prescribed to either of the defendants.
KPD is still processing this evidence.
On Thursday, KPD requested the issuance of arrest warrants for Katelnikoff and Poulos.