Man uses stolen credit card to pay for party at Townsend
(WXYZ) - It is a home-away-from-home for the rich and famous, the place where visiting athletes and rock stars like to spend the night.
But the luxurious Townsend Hotel in Birmingham has never seen a guest like 27-year-old Ryan Michael Greer.
Police say Greer threw a party like no other in the presidential suite-- popping bottles of Dom Perignon, enjoying the life of a high roller on someone else's dime.
He paid the $20,000 dollar bill with a stolen credit card. "Not in Birmingham, can't believe something like that would happen especially in nice establishment like this," says customer Kathleen Pieroni.
Loud partying was supposedly what first got the attention of management up in the suite. Then, down at the hotel's corner bar after a credit card got denied, a bartender finally called the cops.
Action news got a tour of the high-priced hotel a few years back-- complete with a peek at the luxury bedding, bubble bath and rose pedals.
Greer's accommodations aren't so pretty now. He's locked up at the Oakland County Jail charged with stealing and illegal use of a credit card.
He faces as much as 10 years in prison if convicted for the January 19 incident.