Police found meth in the basement bedroom of a man accused of stealing his grandmother’s bank card.
Kendall E. Koch, 19, Waupaca, is charged with possession of methamphetamine, identity theft, credit card theft, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Oct. 6, Waupaca County Deputy Pete Kraeger was dispatched to a home in Farmington where a 78-year-old woman reported that $5,000 had been stolen from her checking account.
The woman showed Kraeger an August bank statement with several lines highlighted. She said she had not made these withdrawals.
The statement indicated that the withdrawals had been made at ATMs. The woman said she did not use ATMs and did not even know her pin number.
She suspected her grandson, Koch, who has three prior convictions for credit card fraud.
Kraeger followed the woman down into her basement, where Koch had a bedroom.
When Koch’s grandmother opened the door to his bedroom, Kraeger immediately noticed the strong aroma of marijuana.
Koch and a friend, Blake J. Thoe, 18, Waupaca, were in the bedroom. Kraeger reported finding marijuana in the bedroom and in Thoe’s pocket.
Thoe has been charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The deputy also reported finding a syringe in Koch’s bedroom along with crystal meth.
According to the criminal complaint, Koch told Kraeger that he had been using meth and had been on a five-day binge.
Koch was released from custody on a $1,000 signature bond with the condition that he maintain absolute sobriety and not commit any crimes.