ST. LUCIE COUNTY — A PNC bank employee accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from three customers in their late 70s and early 80s was arrested on felony charges, according to records released Tuesday.
Christopher Rosario Sidote, 36, of the 500 block of Southwest Indian Key Drive in Port St. Lucie, was arrested Monday on three felony grand theft charges on a person 65 years or older, after a St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office investigation, affidavits state.
A PNC fraud investigator notified sheriff's officials about the incidents. A total of $51,800 was taken from an account belonging to a woman who was 78 when the thefts began. Eleven withdrawals were made from mid-September 2010 to late December 2011. Some of the withdrawals were in Martin County.
Other customers were identified as being 78 and 84 years old.
In the case of an 84-year-old woman, Sidote is accused of taking $16,550 in two withdrawals in March 2012.
In each withdrawal, Sidote was working at the branch where the money was taken out.
PNC bank officials interviewed Sidote, who denied taking any money but offered to pay it back.
The accounts were long-term certificates of deposit. The theft from customers in Florida totaled $96,650, records state.