Kimberlee Lines: Accused prolific identity thief pleads not guilty

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SEATTLE — 3.1.2107 Kimberlee Lines pleaded not guilty in King County court to Identity Theft in the 1st Degree. Her attorney argued that Lines never received initial notice of the King County arraignment because she was homeless and then didn’t get the new appearance date while she was in the Snohomish County jail.

Kimberlee had already posted $30,000 bail in Snohomish County. She said she knew she would be arrested on her King County bench warrant when she went back to court for her arraignment in Everett on her pending Snohomish county charges but wanted to show she plans to let justice take it’s course.

She is accused of using Wendy Hays’ good name and credit between May 5th and May 9th, 2015 to open up charge accounts. “As soon that first phone call came, it flooded. All of a sudden I’ve got cards from people, credit cards and phone calls asking when I was going to make payment. It was a whirlwind,” said Hays. She spent more than a year trying to clear her good name. “Things that you’ve worked for your whole life seems to like disappear because someone in a blink of an eye has taken your credit and invaded your world,” said Hays.

The judge ordered her released on CCAP enhanced bail. Her next court appearance is scheduled for March 15th.

EVERETT — 2.23.2017

Kimberlee Lines showed up to Snohomish County court today on her current ID theft case and was booked into jail on her King County bench warrant. That warrant was issued last week after she failed to appear in court.

FUGITIVE UPDATE February 17, 2017 —
Kimberlee Lines pulled a no-show at court in King County on Wednesday, so a bench warrant has been issued for arrest.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to her capture.

Call the hotline anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or use the P3 Tips App to submit your information.

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CAPTURE UPDATE January 12, 2017 —
Arlington Police Officer Molly Ingram and K-9 partner Tara are two for two when it comes to Washington’s Most Wanted fugitives.  They arrested Austin Faircloth Thursday thanks to a Crime Stoppers tip from a viewer.  Officer Ingram also arrested Faircloth’s girlfriend, Kimberlee Lines.  Both were wanted for Identity Theft.  Faircloth also had a warrant for Possession of a Dangerous Weapon.  He is WMW Capture #852.

Arlington PD Officer Molly Ingram and K9 Tara

Arlington PD Officer Molly Ingram and K9 Tara

CAPTURE UPDATE December 28, 2016 —
Arlington Police, the Violent Offender Task Force and Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputies arrested accused prolific ID thief Kimberlee Lines last night. She is charged with Identity Theft 1st Degree, Identity Theft 2nd Degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Snohomish county and Identity Theft 1st Degree in King County.

She is being held in the Snohomish County jail. One of her alleged victims is Wendy Hays. She spent more than a year trying to clear her good name after Kirkland Police say Lines stole her identity “Things that you’ve worked for your whole life seems to like disappear because someone in a blink of an eye has taken your credit and invaded your world,” said Hays. When I told her of the arrest this morning, she was overjoyed. “This is amazing. Thank you!” she said.

Another alleged victim is Stanwood mom Renae Topham who is still dealing with the financial wreckage left behind after detectives in the Snohomish County Property Crimes Unit say Lines stole her identity and charged up her accounts at two stores. “It’s just weird because she has all of my information. She’s pretending to be me. She knows actually where I live and everything,” said Topham.

Lines is scheduled to make a first appearance in court Friday afternoon. Her’ boyfriend, 23-year-old Austin Faircloth, is still on the run and has several warrants for his arrest. If you know where he is, submit the information via the P3 Tips App to Crime Stoppers or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

FUGITIVES WANTED November 15, 2016 --
A Stanwood mom is now dealing with the financial wreckage left behind after Snohomish County detectives say Kimberlee Lines stole her identity and charged up her accounts at two stores.

"It's just weird because she has all of my information. She's pretending to be me. She knows actually where I live and everything,” said Renae Topham.

Investigators in the Property Crimes Unit say Lines even opened up an account at Victoria’s Secret in the name of Topham’s daughter.

“She's 4. She probably doesn't have a lot of need for VS at this point but apparently she has their card,” said Topham.

It all started two years ago when burglars broke into her home and stole a laptop with personal information.

“They were able to get our social, my husband's social as well as my daughter’s, dates of birth, everything,” said Topham.

She isn’t the only victim, according to detectives.

“As soon that first phone call came, it flooded. All of a sudden I’ve got cards from people, credit cards and phone calls asking when I was going to make payment. It was a whirlwind,” said Wendy Hays of Kirkland.

Hays learned someone stole her identity. She spent more than a year trying to clear her good name.

“Things that you’ve worked for your whole life seem to, like, disappear because someone in a blink of an eye has taken your credit and invaded your world,” said Hays.

Police say it's all thanks to Lines.

“She’s been in the Skagit County and Snohomish County communities and she’s been going to Macy’s and TJ Maxx and using the victim’s identification and credit history,” said Snohomish County Property Crimes Unit Sgt. Jim Maples.

Police say she casually walks from store to store and racks up thousands of dollars in merchandise, all while pretending to be someone else and using their credit cards.

“She didn’t look like anybody special or different or tough. She just looked normal and that made me upset because she looked normal and people thought she was me,” said Hays.

Police say Lines admitted to being in an identity theft ring, with someone at a doctor or dental office feeding the crooks patients' personal information. Patients like Wendy Hays, who’s now buried in paperwork and bad credit.

“I had to cut off my credit. I had to lock it so now I can’t do anything freely without having to take extra steps to do something I should be able to do,” said Hays.

Every time Hays wants to buy something, it costs $10 to unlock and re-lock her credit. She says it’s a constant nuisance for her and it also adds up.

“We’d like to get her (Lines) in custody to account for the victims that we’re not aware of and hopefully, once in custody, we can stop the trend she has going,” said Sgt. Maples.

Detectives are asking for the public’s help to find Lines as well as her boyfriend, 23-year-old Austin Faircloth, who also has warrants for his arrest.

Kimberlee Lines, right, and her boyfriend, Austin Faircloth

Kimberlee Lines, right, and her boyfriend, Austin Faircloth

Topham says store clerks need to ask everyone for identification. Lines was able to charge $4,000 worth of clothes to accounts at Macy’s and Kohl’s just by entering Topham’s Social Security number.

"We've worked hard to get where we are and now somebody is just trying to steal that away from us without a whole lot of effort, really,” said Topham.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of either suspect. Call the hot line anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.