Brooklyn Man Arrested In Eastport For Identity Theft, Grand Larceny

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A Brooklyn man arrested by Suffolk County Police on Tuesday in Eastport for attempting to fraudulently withdraw $20,000 faces multiple felonies including grand larceny and attempted identity theft.

Willie Petteway, 37, was arrested at 3 p.m. when he attempted to open a line of credit at the Suffolk County Federal Credit Union [SCFCU] on Eastport Manor Road using a false identity in an attempt to withdraw $20,000, according to a press release from the Suffolk County Police.

Mr. Petteway had attempted this same scheme twice before within the past two weeks. His first attempt on August 27 at the SCFCU in West Babylon was successful but his second attempt on September 5 at the SCFCU in Medford was denied. Staff at the second bank notified Suffolk County Police Identity Theft Section and told their employees to be on the look out for the man, according to the press release.

Employees of the third bank recognized the scheme and contacted the identity theft unit, which responded to the bank a short time later to arrest Mr. Petteway. He was charged with third-degree grand larceny, two counts of third-degree attempted grand larceny, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and two counts of first-degree attempted identity theft, all felonies.

Mr. Petteway also is wanted by the New Jersey State Police Casino Gaming Bureau for stealing more than $60,000.

He was held overnight at the Suffolk County Sixth Precinct in Selden and is scheduled for a Wednesday arraignment.

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