Carrie Rengers

See Spot Go co-owner faces combination of felony charges

See Spot Go co-owner Chuck Thorpe is being held in the Sedgwick County Jail on a combination of felony charges stemming from a couple of local theft-by-deception cases and one from Mississippi.

One case filed this month in Sedgwick County District Court is related to alleged financial fraud in Wichita. Thorpe is charged with felony theft, according to court documents, for allegedly deceiving one individual out of $25,000 and another out of $2,500. In a third felony theft count, Thorpe is accused of possessing or obtaining a stolen 2007 Dodge Ram truck.

There’s a pretrial hearing set for Dec. 23.

The other local case, from 2013, has four counts alleging felony theft of about $29,000 total.

A jury trial over those charges is scheduled for Jan. 12.

In the Mississippi case, documents show Thorpe is a fugitive from justice over charges accusing him of felony home repair fraud.

On Dec. 3, the district attorney’s office filed a motion to revoke Thorpe’s bond. That motion was later denied, records show.

According to the motion: “Defendant has continued to use fraudulent business practices to defraud victims, including pledging property he does not own to secure a $25,000 loan. Specifically, Defendant pledged a Dodge pickup as collateral on a loan, having previously been charged with possession of the stolen truck and attempting to … sell it to a Wichita firefighter via Craigslist. The State requests Defendant’s bond be revoked because he is committing crimes while on felony bond and creating new victims in the community.”

A public defender representing Thorpe couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Thorpe opened his dry cleaning business downtown in May and then expanded with a second store in Delano.

The first store then closed. The second one continues to share space – and nothing else – with Four Seasons Dry Cleaners at 1115 W. Douglas. There are no See Spot Go signs at the business.

A man at the store who identified himself as a See Spot Go partner said the situation is “confusing” and a “mess” but declined to comment further.

Thorpe remained in jail on Friday in lieu of an $85,000 bond.

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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