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Man Arrested at Bank After Attempting to Commit Identity Theft

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Suffolk County Police today arrested a man for identity theft at an Eastport bank that he was trying to defraud out of $20,000.

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Eastport, NY - September 10th, 2013 - Suffolk County Police today arrested a man for identity theft at an Eastport bank that he was trying to defraud out of $20,000.  

Willie Petteway opened a $20,000 line of credit on August 27 and withdrew the full amount at the Suffolk County Federal Credit Union in West Babylon using another person’s identification.  

On September 5, Petteway attempted to open another line of credit for $20,000, using a second victim’s identity at the Suffolk County Federal Credit Union in Medford but was denied.  The bank contacted Suffolk County Police Identity Theft Section detectives and alerted their staff to be on the lookout for Petteway.  

Petteway attempted to open another line of credit today at the Suffolk County Federal Credit Union, located at 5 Eastport Manor Road, Eastport.  The bank alerted Identity Theft Section detectives that Petteway was at the bank and attempting the scheme again.  Detectives responded and arrested Petteway at the bank at approximately 3 p.m.  

Petteway was charged with Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, two counts of Attempted Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd Degree, and two counts of Attempted Identity Theft 1st Degree.  

Petteway, 37, of 237 Nassau St., Brooklyn, is also wanted by the New Jersey State Police Casino Gaming Bureau for theft in excess of $60,000.   Petteway will be held overnight at the Sixth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on September 11.  

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

  Incident: Man Arrested at Bank After Attempting to Commit Identity Theft
  Location: 5 Eastport Manor Road, Eastport
  Date/Time: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at approximately 3 p.m