Davenport bank theft suspect arrested

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DAVENPORT, Iowa—UPDATED:  Police say a man who allegedly withdrew money from someone else’s bank account in Davenport was arrested doing the same thing in Cedar Falls.

Bruce Elliot Smith, 46, was arrested Thursday, March 1 when he reportedly tried to withdraw money from another person’s bank account in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Smith reportedly also goes by John Doe, James Minton, Roy Simpson, Bruce Elliott Smith, Bruce Elliott Thomas and Bruce Williams.

Online court records say Smith was also charged with identity theft February 16, 2012 in Black Hawk County, Iowa.

Smith, who is reportedly from Chicago, was held in the Black Hawk County Jail on charges of interference with law enforcement and two counts of identity theft.  Jail records show he posted bond for a possession of a controlled substance charge in Black Hawk County February 18.

Smith’s bond on the identity theft charges was set at $55,000.

Davenport Police said they planned to pursue charges against Smith including two counts of fraud, two counts of identity theft and one count of first-degree theft.

“Our local media played an important part in his detection and apprehension,” said Davenport Police Capt. David Struckman, “One of the Blackhawk County bank managers saw something in the media on our case that sparked hiss suspicion.”

Original story published February 23, 2012:

Police say a man used phony identification to withdraw thousands of dollars from someone else’s account at a Davenport bank.

“An unidentified male entered the Wells Fargo Bank at East 53rd and Utica Ridge Road and withdrew $7758.00 from a private account,” said a statement from police.

The man reportedly used a Wisconsin driver’s license and a bogus Visa card bearing the name of the real account holder as identification.

It reportedly happened February 3, 2012.

Police released several images captured by bank surveillance cameras, hoping someone can help them identify the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Davenport Police at (563) 326-7979.