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Carbon man facing theft charge

Published July 11. 2011 05:00PM

A Carbon County man is facing a charge of theft and related counts following an incident in Nesquehoning.

Borough Officer Timothy Wuttke said Jason Maxim Brunda, 28, of 105 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, has been charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition, identity theft, and access device fraud.

Wuttke said he received a complaint from William Swire concerning a theft incident involving his credit card. Swire told police that on May 21 he was in Redner's Warehouse Market and used the ATM machine in front the Mauch Chunk Trust Bank branch office located inside the store. He withdrew $40 about 10:45 p.m.

After withdrawing the funds Swire left the store then realized he left his credit card in the machine. He returned to the store and was met by a Redner's employee who said the card had been returned by a male who found it.

A day later Swire checked his account and found $60 had been withdrawn a short time after he had taken out the $40.

Wuttke contacted the bank to check the surveillance camera at the machine at the time Swire used it. Later photos were given to Wuttke by the bank which showed Swire withdrawing money and a few minutes later another male at the machine withdrawing cash using Swire's card. After removing the $60 the male is pictured removing the credit card and walking away from the machine.

Wuttke was able to identify Brunda, who was known to the officer. A bank employee told Wuttke that after a transaction is completed and the card is left in the machine, a "beeping" noise is set off.

Brunda was interviewed and waived his rights. Brunda said he heard the machine "beeping" and walked over and said he saw the fast cash on the screen. He then hit the screen and received the cash.

Wuttke said Brunda told him it was "like winning the lottery" when he hit the $60 option.

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