A Latte Trouble: Redmond duo arrested for coffee card caper

A Redmond duo has been arrested on burglary and forgery charges after police say they stole Dutch Bros. loyalty cards and a stamp – then filled out the cards, sold them online and used them for free drinks for months.

Redmond Police Lt. Curtis Chambers said they were informed that in recent months hundreds of Dutch Bros. loyalty cards had gone missing from area locations, as well as a loyalty card stamper missing from one Redmond hut.

Detectives with the Redmond Police Street Crimes Unit took over the investigation and arranged to purchase loyalty cards offered for sale on Craigslist.  A plain clothes detective met the sellers at a location in Redmond and arrested the seller.

Chambers said a stack of stamped loyalty cards was recovered.  A subsequent search of the home of the seller led to the recovery of hundreds of more blank loyalty cards, a Dutch Bros loyalty card stamp, and an ink pad, Chambers said.

The investigation revealed 42-year-old Martin Horton of Redmond and 23-year-old Marena Livesay of Redmond had been using the stolen loyalty cards, stamping the cards with the stolen stamp, and redeeming them for free drinks for several months, Chambers said.

Recently, the two began selling the cards online.  Chambers said it’s believed these two alone are responsible for more than $2,500 worth of losses to Dutch Bros in Central Oregon as a result of this theft.

Horton was arrested on several charges including second-degree burglary, 30 counts of second-degree forgery, first-degree theft and computer crime.  He was taken to the Deschutes County Jail.

Livesay was arrested for computer crime and second-degree theft.  She was issued a citation in lieu of custody and released with a court date.

The Redmond Police Department would like to hear from anyone who may have purchased Dutch Bros loyalty cards from Horton and Livesay in the past six months.

Please contact Redmond Police at 541-693-6911, reference RPD Case Report 2019-00321609.

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