Two Redmond residents were arrested this week for allegedly stealing and selling Dutch Bros loyalty cards on Craigslist.
Martin Horton, 42, and Marena Livesay, 23, allegedly used the loyalty cards, stamping the cards with a stolen stamp, and redeeming them for free drinks for several months, according to the Redmond Police Department. The two also allegedly began selling the cards online, police said.
Police believe Horton and Livesay are responsible for more than $2,500 worth of losses to Dutch Bros in Central Oregon as a result.
Police were informed of the suspected forgery and theft Tuesday after Dutch Bros discovered hundreds of loyalty cards missing from its Redmond-area locations. A card stamper was also missing from a Redmond Dutch Bros.
“They had previously noticed cards missing, and then when they saw the online posts, they immediately became suspicious,” said Redmond Lt. Curtis Chambers.
A plainclothes detective responded to a Craigslist post advertising the cards and met the sellers at a location in Redmond to arrest the seller, Chambers said.
“He contacted the person,” Chambers said. “A conversation took place and an arrest was made.”
A subsequent search of the home of the person who sold police the cards led to the recovery of hundreds of more blank loyalty cards, a Dutch Bros loyalty card stamp and an ink pad, police said.
Horton was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, 30 counts of second-degree forgery, first-degree theft, computer crime and second-degree theft. He is being held at the Deschutes County jail.
Livesay was arrested on suspicion of computer crime and second-degree theft. She was issued a citation in lieu and released.
Anyone who may have purchased Dutch Bros loyalty cards from Horton and Livesay in the past six months is asked to call Redmond Police at 541-693-6911.
— Reporter: 541-633-2160, firstname.lastname@example.org . The Bulletin’s Garrett Andrews contributed to this report.