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Grateful for help after theft

November 28, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

I recently had money stolen from my apartment and car as well as checks stolen with my signature forged for the amounts of $500 and $267, plus five additional attempts to get money from me.

I do not consider myself a victim precisely because the actions of the following people resulted in the individual being arrested.

I would like to thank the following individuals and groups: First of all, a dear friend overheard the individual bragging about the theft and forgeries and told me. I subsequently went to the Hancock Police Department. Next on the list is Sergeant Jerry Hiltunen of the Hancock City Police Department who took my statement and proceeded with the investigation which lead to the suspect's arrest.

The prompt action of Ellie, Tom, and others at the university branch of Wells Fargo Bank in Houghton helped to stop the individual from cashing the second forged check.

I also want to thank Judy Niemela and Joyce Julio-Houle for straightening out my account and informing me of the complete list of efforts to steal money from me.

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In closing, I realize this incident began because I trusted someone; I can't be trusting any longer. I think that is unfortunate and I have to own the fact that I've been too trusting.

Drug addiction is at the root of this and many, if not most, of the crimes committed here and we all need to be thankful to the police and sheriff departments who do this difficult and often thankless task of keeping us safe.

Of them all, I am particularly grateful to my dear young friend who is like a granddaughter to me for showing such courage in doing the right thing.





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