Cops: 3 arrested in $10G bank card scam
A trio of thieves went to the well -- in this case, the bank teller's window -- once too often Wednesday, ending up under arrest, police said.
Nassau County police said the three men, two from Manhattan and the other from Florida, used fraudulent identification at a bank in Plainview and then at area ATMs to steal more than $10,000 from a victim's account. They were arrested, police said, after they tried to make another illegal withdrawal -- from a bank branch in Farmingdale.
A suspicious teller notified police and, police said, the defendant who had attempted the withdrawal left behind a fraudulent ID, leading to the arrests.
Arrested were Davon Reeves, 27, of 19 W. 90th St., Manhattan; Orient Alexander, 26, of 700 Lenox Ave., Manhattan; and Edwin Cordero, 24, of 3254 Loblolly Ct., Kissimmee, Fla.
All face charges of third-degree grand larceny and third-degree attempted grand larceny. Additionally, Reeves was charged with four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. Alexander also was charged with four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and first-degree identity theft, police said.
The three men all face arraignment Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead.
Police said the trio, driving a 2012 Dodge, first went to a Citibank branch on Old Country Road in Plainview, where Alexander entered the bank and, using a fraudulent driver's license, withdrew $8,500.
The three men then went to three different area automated teller machines -- and withdrew another $1,500, police said.
But, police said, the three men then tried to make another withdrawal, this one at a Citibank branch on Conklin Street in Farmingdale. There, Alexander went to a teller, swiped a fraudulent debit card, entered a PIN number and tried to withdraw another $7,000, police said. But a suspicious teller notified police, who said the trio fled -- though not before Alexander left behind the fake Pennsylvania license.
Bureau of Special Operations officers, as well as Second Precinct officers, then found the three men and their vehicle on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown, where they were arrested at about 1:20 p.m. Police said the three were in possession of fraudulent credit and debit cards in the victim's name.
Police said officers also recovered $10,100 in cash.