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Grandparents Are Generous, But Not This Generous

A 25-year-old man allegedly racks up $900 in withdrawals and charges to his grandparents' stolen debit card. He was later arrested and found with a crack pipe in his possession.

A 25-year-old Menomonee Falls man is facing charges after he allegedly stole more than $900 from his grandparent’s bank account.

Kyle J. Tarantino was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Monday with two counts of identity theft, one count of obstructing an officer and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, he faces up to nearly 13 years in prison and $30,500 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Sunday, Menomonee Falls police officers were called to the victims’ home in the W13500 block of Brentwood Drive after they discovered someone had taken a debit card from the house and used it for numerous transactions across the area. More than $900 was withdrawn from the couple’s bank account and other smaller purchases were made.

The two suspected Tarantino, who is their grandson and has access to the home.

Later on a police officer was parked near Tarantino’s house when he got dropped off by a taxi cab. The officer identified himself and Tarantino then ran, but was eventually tackled and arrested.

Tarantino had a crack pipe in his pocket at the time of his arrest. He’s currently being held in Waukesha County Jail on $1,500 bond while awaiting trial. 

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