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3 accused of stealing deceased roommate's debit card

By Sandra Yi | Posted - Jan. 7, 2010 at 4:05 p.m.



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SPRINGVILLE -- Police in Springville arrested three people for stealing from their deceased roommate.

Police say the victim had just died when her roommates stole her ATM card and nearly drained her account. On New Year's Day 60-year-old Christine Roberts died -- police believe of natural causes.

Her roommates called police to report the death. But before officers got there, police say the roommates went through Roberts' belongings and took her debit card.

Police say for several days Kristina Hamer, Kevin Hamer and Melody Barker took turns using Roberts' debit card, withdrawing money from ATMs. Police couldn't say how much money Roberts had or what the suspects bought with it.

Police say a Social Security check had been recently deposited into Roberts' account, so they knew there was money in that account.

Springville police Lt. Dave Caron said, "My guess is they figured well, the money's there and why not? You know? My guess is they also didn't think they'd get caught."

Roberts' son, who came in from out of state, discovered Roberts' ATM card was missing and called police.

Police say Kristina Hamer had the debit card with her when she was arrested for driving under the influence. Hamer and her husband Kevin have a history of burglary.

She and the other two suspects are facing felony charges for credit card fraud.

E-mail: syi@ksl.com

Sandra Yi

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