Roommate accused of ID theft in Island County
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
March 1, 2013 · Updated 3:16 PM
A 20-year-old man is accused of stealing a laptop, video games, a gold ring and a wallet from a roommate he met through a roommate-finder website, court documents state.
On Feb. 21, Island County prosecutors charged Phillip D. Sistrunk, currently an Everett resident, with identity theft in the second degree, two counts of theft in the second degree, malicious mischief in the third degree and obstructing a law enforcement officer.
Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock set Sistrunk’s bail at $25,000 on Feb. 19.
A resident of an apartment on Harrier Circle reported Feb. 16 that his roommate had broken off a key in the door lock and stolen a laptop, a Navy ring, a Playstation, four Playstation games, and other items, according to the report by officer Jennifer Gravel with the Oak Harbor Police Department.
The resident said he met the man in December through the website roommates.com. The man, later identified as Sistrunk, claimed his name was “Phillip Ivan Williams.”
An officer in Skagit County contacted Sistrunk at his girlfriend’s apartment. Sistrunk was carrying his roommate’s Social Security card and was wearing his roommate’s Navy ring, the report stated.
Sistrunk told police his name is Williams and gave the wrong date of birth, according to the report.
Sistrunk could face from four to 12 months in prison if convicted on the charges against him.
Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at email@example.com or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.