DECATUR — Police said and identity thief who looted a Decatur-based doctor’s bank account in Indiana may be the same suspect who used the technique to steal from a different doctor in Decatur.
Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said the latest case involving a bank in Fishers, Ind., was reported Tuesday.
“Someone went to a bank there, represented themselves to be the Decatur doctor and accessed the doctor’s account,” Copeland said. Copeland said he could not discuss how much money the thief obtained, but described it as “a very substantial amount.”
Police said that on another occasion the man walked into the Hickory Point Bank & Trust branch at 225 N. Water St. and emptied a “substantial amount” of money from a second physician’s account.
He apparently left the bank and drove immediately to the Hickory Point branch on Mount Zion Road where he tried to target the same doctor again but fled when staff got suspicious and telephoned the real doctor, police said.
“We were at the Mount Zion Road branch taking that report when we learned that apparently this same or similar subject had withdrawn money from the North Water Street branch,” Copeland said.
Copeland said the thief presented a fake driver’s license in the doctor’s name and had the correct account numbers.
“Somehow, whoever is doing this is accessing a lot of information about these doctors,” Copeland said. “And it’s kind of a mystery as to how they are doing that.”
Detectives have sent copies of their file on the December crime to Indiana police investigating the crime there. Copeland suspects the thief, whether acting alone or as part of an organized group, has probably targeted other doctors in other states.
“I imagine there is there are probably several other jurisdictions who have similar types of cases,” Copeland added.