Blank check crime ring caught on camera

(WXYZ) - A man had $64,000 and counting stolen after his checks were taken from his home in Dearborn Heights.

Those blank checks have fallen into the hands of a crime ring that is using them to withdraw cash from ATMs in Detroit, Troy and Indiana. 

The crime could happen to anyone. It begins with a simple break-in and the theft of blank checks from a home and leads to money being stolen from your bank.

The Dearborn Heights crooks are slick, but they were caught on surveillance video.

“My victim on my home invasion was told that he could probably look forward to this happening for up to a year or even more,” says Cpl. Mark Parrinello of Dearborn Heights Police.

The checks, stolen in December, were reported to the police and the bank by the victim within hours, but they are still being cashed months later.

Officers have images of eight suspects, one wearing a San Francisco 49ers cap and jacket, another with an elaborate tattoo on his left hand, and two suspect vehicles: a Volkwagen Passat, and Pontiac Montana mini-van.

Police need your help in identifying the suspects. If you know anything, call Dearborn Heights at 313-277-6770.


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