A 17-year-old McDonald’s employee has been arrested on suspicion of using a credit-card skimming device to steal more than $15,000 from customers at the drive-thru at the downtown restaurant, authorities say. He used the money to buy high-end electronics and sell them on Craigslist, police say.
Merchandise worth between $15,000 and $20,000 was found in the local boy’s home, said Thurston County Deputy Prosecutor Wayne Graham at a probable cause hearing Thursday.
“This is not a small-scale operation by any stretch of the imagination,” he said.
Graham said 16 victims have been identified, but that there are more. “The victims will continue to mount,” he said.