Pair unsuccessfully attempts refund scam to pay rent - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Pair unsuccessfully attempts refund scam to pay rent



















SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A Spokane Valley man and woman are facing felony theft counts after they attempted to steal kitchenware from the Sprague and Sullivan Fred Meyer Store to return for refunds.

Police were called to the store about 3:20 p.m. Monday after security staff watched the pair select a coffee maker and set of knives and then peel the security tags from the products.

The couple placed the items in a cart and walked outside where they were detained. The value of the stolen property was about $200.

An investigation revealed that the two stole the items with the idea that they would return them for cash refunds. They intended to use the cash to pay their rent.

Kristina Booth, 45, and Vincent Cournoyer, 46, were both booked into the Spokane County Jail.

Booth had a pre-existing felony warrant charging her with Possession of Controlled Substance and was booked for that as well.

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