Crook Combines Bank Robbery, Identity Theft - Tucson News Now

Crook Combines Bank Robbery, Identity Theft

By Som Lisaius, KOLD News 13

It's been happening in Phoenix and all around California. But now it's happening here, nd it's taking identity theft to new limits.

Good news is, our local suspect was caught on tape. Now, police need your help bringing him in.

"This is more or less your modern day bank robbery,"TPD Detective Steven Lake says. "No guns involved. You aren't threatening anyone. You're walking in with all the information you need to be able to take over someone's life."

That's exactly what this guy did at four different banks in one day. He had all of the victim's information, right down to the man's driver's license with his own picture on it. With it, he changed the account holder's mailing address—even his pin number. Not until his fourth stop did the bank become suspicious and cut him off.

Says Det. Lake, "They called to verify because of the number of withdrawals he had made that day. He withdrew enough money that would be what an average person would make for an income for an entire year."

Police say the suspect either has inside information at the bank, or first-hand knowledge of the victim himself. But the victim doesn't even live in Tucson—he's a government employee out of Florida who happens to have an account here due to family.

Bottom line is, police need your help, and they're hoping this crystal clear picture of suspect helps bring him in.

"The people in the community are going to be the ones who identify this individual and ultimately help us solve this crime," Det. Lake says.

Now a Tucson's Most Wanted update: last month we introduced you to a former gang-banger accused of beating up and kidnapping his pregnant girlfriend. Thanks to a tip from one of our viewers, Refugio Cruz was captured last weekend.

"Mr. Cruz was located in a hotel room," says TPD Detective Ed Richards."He attempted to flee on foot and was apprehended by an Oro Valley Police dog."

Now he sits in the Pima County Jail. And hopefully this guy will too, with your continued support.

If you have any information, please call 911 or 88-CRIME. A reward up to $1,000 will go to the person whose tip leads to an arrest. You can remain anonymous. It isn't who you are, it's what you know, that could help solve this case.

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