Daphne and Mobile Police are looking for the same suspect in a forgery and theft case. So far he’s made off with thousands of dollars from several branches of BB&T Bank. Investigators say the thefts started after a Fairhope man had his wallet stolen while visiting New Orleans. Police say the unassuming criminal has made off with thousands of dollars from branches of BB&T Bank by using a false identity.
Surveillance pictures released Wednesday, May 28, 2014 were taken on April 16, 2014 when he came into the branch on Highway 98 in Daphne. Police said he identified himself as an actual bank customer named Michael White from Fairhope. In each case police say the suspect presented an ID…a forged ID to the tellers before they gave him money.
“He asked for a counter check which he received because they believed he was Michael White. That check was made out in the amount of 7500 dollars. He received the cash and left,” explained Cpl. Jason Vanoy with Daphne Police.
Investigators said the real Michael White had his wallet stolen while visiting New Orleans with a tour group.
“Our thoughts are that he probably had the wallet and found out that the owner of the wallet banked at BB&T and then went ahead and made the ID and presented the scam,” Vanoy said.
Another surveillance photo was taken the same morning at a BB&T branch in Mobile. Mobile Police say that the same suspect pulled the same scam at the branch on Hillcrest and others. In each case he has made off with significant amounts of money. Police are warning bank personnel to be aware of this ongoing scam and to take extra precautions.
“Look very closely at an ID,” warned Vanoy. “I know not everybody that goes to the bank is a repeat customer, but take a real close look at ID’s because they’re getting easier and easier to create.”
The suspect is described as about 5 foot 5 with glasses and a gray beard. If caught, the suspect will face will face charges of theft 1st and possession of a forged instrument. Both are class “B” felonies and punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
If you think you know who this suspect is, you’re asked to call the Daphne or Mobile Police Departments.