LEAVENWORTH — Deputies investigating the prowl of a Canadian visitor’s vehicle arrested a Leavenworth man Thursday after he tried to exchange Canadian money at a local bank.
It was one of three car prowls being investigated.
Among the stolen items: A wallet containing a British Columbia driver’s license, a Canadian Visa card and $300 in Canadian currency.
Undersheriff John Wisemore said the owner of the wallet called his credit card company to report it missing, and learned it had already been used at Starbucks in Leavenworth.
Baristas told police the man tried to pay for his coffee and two $30 gift cards with Canadian cash, then paid with the Canadian credit card when they told him they didn’t take Canadian cash, so he’d have to exchange it at a bank.
That’s when deputies asked local banks to notify them if someone came in asking to exchange Canadian currency.
Wells Fargo Bank called dispatchers about an attempted currency exchange at about 4 p.m. Before deputies arrived, the man apparently got nervous before the money was exchanged and left.
They found Colton J. Nicol, 25, — matching the description of the man at the bank — in a park next to the bank. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree identity theft, first-degree trafficking in stolen property and third-degree possession of stolen property.
Wisemore said police found other items from the vehicle thefts in Nicol’s possession, and bank employees and Starbucks workers identified him from a series of photos.