PALM COAST, Fla. -- The Flagler County Sheriff's Office arrested a 30-year-old man Tuesday for grand theft and organizedfraudless than $20,000 after he was charged with stealing from his grandmother.
Police served the warrant on Christopher Emlit after learning he had stolen from his 80-year-old grandmother in April of 2011, according to a news release from Flagler County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Debra Johnson.
The grandmother originally contacted police to report jewelry stolen. Johnson said she also told detectives when she went to visit her daughter Emlit would go to her home and steal checks and credit cards. Detectives suspect Emlit of stealing his grandmother's jewelry.
In addition to taking the items, police believe Emlit forged his grandmother's name on checks totaling $8,000 and running up charges totaling over $4,680 on a credit. Johnson said additional charges are pending.
Detective Ronn Rauger with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office said at one point Emlit confessed to the thefts when his grandmother asked him about them. Family members told police they think Emlit was taking the items to pay for alcohol and prescription pills.
Flagler County Sheriff Donald W. Fleming said, "The prescription pill epidemic is demoralizing and destroying families, not just here in Flagler county, but all over the country. Anytime we make an arrest such as this it is beneficial to the community and the individual. Perhaps he can now get help with his addictions."