Suspect booked on bank-fraud attempt
GREENWICH — A Long Island man is facing charges of trying to defraud a Greenwich bank, police said.
John Crane, 57, of Patchogue, N.Y., was charged with forgery, identity theft, criminal impersonation and attempt at larceny.
Crane is accused of impersonating another person at a bank on West Putnam Avenue in August, and attempting to withdraw funds from that person’s account. “Bank officials thought Crane’s behavior was suspicious and contacted police. Crane fled prior to police arrival,” according to the police report.
An investigation led to the identification of Crane as a suspect, according to police, and a warrant was issued. Crane was booked Wednesday after he was extradited from New York. Bail was set at $200,000.
In 2016, Crane had been arrested on Long Island after he attempted to sell two Mercedes-Benz cars that he and an accomplice had purchased under false pretenses, according to media reports.