Coeur d'Alene woman's quick thinking saves her from identity theft

Surveillance video obtained by KHQ from the McDonald’s in Spokane Valley shows an alleged thief who Krystalynn Tekancic says broke into her home while she was moving.

"We're pretty sure that the person who broke in my house while I was home and they took my laptop and my phone and a few personal items,” Tekancic said.

She’s currently using an old phone.

The break-in happened in the 1500 block of 3rd Street in Coeur d’Alene, a busy area.

As soon as she noticed her stuff was gone, she cancelled her card.

But, there’s a twist.

“Checked on it the next day and it had been used," Tekancic said, “while they tried to use it but it was turned off.”

The surveillance video shows the man repeatedly trying to swipe the card but to no avail.

Tekancic works as a banker and her quick thinking saved her from being another victim of identity theft.

But, another wrinkle emerges.

While she was moving a bed into her new home, Tekancic says all the other doors in her home were locked.

“We were there for about an hour moving a new bed in and we're pretty sure that he was hiding in my closet because there's no where else to run,” she said.

If anyone has information, please call the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.