Cops: Man tried to 'withdraw' $22K from someone else's account
Published 12:25 pm, Friday, April 29, 2011
A Bronx, N.Y., man has been charged by police with trying to withdraw money from someone else's bank account Thursday.
Juan Bautista Delacruz, 24, called the TD Bank branch at 1715 Black Rock Turnpike to find out if it had enough funds on hand for him to withdraw $22,000 from an account. He said he needed the money for a wedding and did not want a bank check.
He was told the money would be available in an hour, and when Delacruz arrived at the bank on foot, it attracted the supervisor's attention. Delacruz presented a withdrawal slip and a New Jersey driver's license with a name different than his own, but the name was that of a bank customer and the account number was correct.
As an employee was in the vault getting the money, the supervisor said Delacruz asked what was taking so long and began to act nervously. This prompted the bank to call the account holder's number, and the supervisor spoke with his wife, who said her husband was not at the bank making a withdrawal. She asked to speak to Delacruz, who refused to get on the phone and left.
Police found him in the parking lot of the Old Navy on Black Rock Turnpike, though he initially ran from them. The bank's supervisor identified Delacruz as the man who attempted to withdraw the money from the customer's account.
He was charged with crminal attempt to commit first-degree larceny, first-degree identity theft, criminal impersonation, second-degree forgery and interfering with an officer.
Delacruz was held on a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear May 5 in Bridgeport Superior Court.
Peter Botelle, 18, of Boroskey Road, was charged with with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct Thursday afternoon.
Botelle got into an argument with his father over a computer that was not working, police said, and slashed him with a butter knife and jabbed at him with a screwdriver.
He was released on a $1,000 bond and was scheduled to appear Friday in Bridgeport Superior Court.