Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Since the November 14 2013 arrest of Bradley Stay, Astoria Police have been busy working on the investigation into what has become a complex case involving racketeering and a substantial criminal conspiracy. Astoria Police used, a have logged more than 100 man hours in two days after the arrest. They have coordinated with agencies from as close as Warrenton and Seaside as well as two other states. Interagency coordination continues. As a result of the investigation Stay's girlfriend is now in custody.

 

On November 15, 2013, Seaside Police Department had arrested Cherice McMillian,age 34 of Clovis CA, on a warrant from California and charges of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and Identity Theft. After being transported to the Clatsop County Jail CA authorities determined they would not extradite and the warrant was not served. She was lodged at the Clatsop County Jail but then released.

Astoria Police Detective Sergeant Eric Halverson obtained a search warrant to search the property remaining in the hotel room occupied by McMillian. There were over 200 items seized. These items included information that is connected to the burglary of a tax processing business in California. Based on the information he had, Halverson entered a temporary warrant on charges of Racketeering for the arrest of McMillian. McMillian was arrested by Seaside PD on November 16, 2013 and lodged at the Clatsop County Jail. It is likely that she will see several additional charges added as investigators continue to process evidence.

Astoria Police have been contacted by merchants in Astoria, Warrenton and Seaside who have each had charges in excess of $500. Many said that the transactions were suspicious, most asked for ID which was provided using the forged CA ID card. Some actually contacted their credit card processors after the initial transaction because they were so suspicious. Deputy Chief Brad Johnston said, "If your gut is screaming that something is wrong with the transaction, you are probably right. Use your instincts to your advantage, ask questions and pay attention to the answers. If things don't add up, don't do the transaction."

Seaside Police and Astoria Police are both asking for victims to continue to report that they have had transactions with Stay and McMillian. Where initially it was believed that the card numbers were created, it appears some may actually belong to individuals or corporations. Because of the volume of inquiries they are asking that merchants email their information to Detective Steve Barnett, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , for businesses within the City of Seaside or Detective Sergeant Eric Halverson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . "The Astoria Police Department only has one detective and this is not the only case he is working," said Deputy Chief Brad Johnston. "The time pressures of a case like this push it to the front in the short term, but the investigation will continue over months. Staffing cases like this is always difficult. They are manpower intensive. It is one more example of our need for additional staff."

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