Police are searching for two women who they say cashed stolen checks at two banks using a stolen ID.
Surveillance photos show two women in the drive-thru of American National Bank in Council Bluffs back on May 7th. The woman on the passenger side cashed a check of almost $2,000 dollars. They then go to a bank in Bellevue and she cashed another check.
The woman looks like her ID and her signature checks out, but it turns out she wasn’t who she said she was. “They were cashing checks that turned out to be stolen from two other ladies who vehicles were broken into and their purses stolen,” says Detective Fran Gallo with Bellevue Police.
So how can she get away with this? Gallo says it’s a crime that’s rampant in the metro area. It’s called felony lane gang. “They always go in the farthest lane from the tellers, where the tellers can’t see them well,” says Gallo.
Gallo says this case was a bit unusual though. “Normally they do disguise themselves to try and look more like the person in the ID they are using, but normally it is not this close.”
Police thought they had their suspect, Tedda Watts of Lincoln, but it turns out Watts wasn’t responsible for the crime. She was at work at the time and had her purse stolen back in April.
Police are now looking for the two real suspects and hope others will learn from this case. Gallo says never leave your purse in the car and if you have to, lock it in the trunk where it isn’t visible.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of the suspects call Sarpy County Crime Stoppers at 402-592-7867.