PALM COAST, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – No money? No problem for one Palm Coast man who decided to go to another, yet unknowing, ATM for about $13,000 — his 80-year-old grandmother.
Christopher Emlit, 30, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing checks, credit cards and jewelry from his 80-year-old grandmother in April 2011, often stealing from her home whenever his grandmother would visit family members. The Palm Coast Observer reports that the grandmother was first made aware that something was wrong when she reported to police that her jewelry had been stolen in April of last year. According to police, Emlit is accused of forging her name on checks totaling about $8,000, as well as charging almost $5,000 on one of his grandmother’s credit cards.
When pressed by his grandmother about her suspicions of his stealing, Emlit came clean, admitting that he had stolen money and jewelry. Media reports indicate that Emlit stole from his grandmother to help fuel his appetite for alcohol and prescription pills.
“The prescription pill epidemic is demoralizing and destroying families, not just here in Flagler County, but all over the country,” Flagler County Sheriff Donald W. Fleming told the Palm Coast Observer. “Perhaps he can now get help with his addictions.”
Emlit has been charged with grand theft and organized fraud less than $20,000. He remains in custody at Flagler County Jail on $25,000 bond.