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Defendant charged with theft by deception

On June 7, 2010, Richard G. LeBlanc, 29, Transient, was charged in Clallam County Superior Court with Theft 1 by Color or Aid of Deception, Unlawful Issuance of Bank Checks, and Criminal Impersonation 1, all felonies.

The case began on May 31, 2010 when Port Angeles Police Officers responded to a report of possible fraud in progress at a business in the 100 block of E. 3rd Street. Officers contacted LeBlanc and learned that he was wanted in Baca County, Colorado for a property crime. 

Officers detained LeBlanc and continued to investigate the Port Angeles incident as well. LeBlanc was booked into the Clallam County Jail for the Colorado warrant.

A PAPD Detective was assigned to continue the investigation.

After reviewing the case, a Clallam County Deputy Prosecutor filed charges in Superior Court where Baca pleaded not guilty. LeBlanc's trial is set for July 21, 2010.

"Officers were able to promptly investigate this case because an alert citizen called police immediately upon observing suspicious behavior at a local business,"  Detective Jason Viada.

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