STREATOR — Streator Police Department was called to Streator National Bank, 409 E. Bridge St., in reference to a potential fraud/scam at about 2:13 p.m. Thursday.
Kurt A. Pastirik, Streator chief of police, issued the following about the scam attempt:
“An elderly (male) customer that was trying to cash a check for $2,600. This individual wanted the money to pay an individual (suspect) for tree trimming and driveway paving services that had not yet been started and/or completed. SPD officer arrived on scene and spoke to the elderly (male) customer who advised that he had issued a check for $2,600.00 to suspect, who identified himself as Gus Collins, for tree trimming and driveway paving services, that the suspect had promised to complete at a later time.
“The elderly (male) customer advised that the suspect was unable to cash the check and returned to his (elderly male’s) residence. The elderly male advised that suspect gave him a ride to the bank and had him change the check back into the elderly male’s name. The elderly male advised that the suspect drove him to the drive-through; however the bank would not cash the check. The elderly male advised that he went inside of the bank and that the suspect then drove off.
“The bank employees described the suspect’s vehicle as: Gray, full size, extended-cab pickup truck with tinted windows and that bed of the truck contained a ladder and branches.
“This incident remains under investigation. The Streator Police is requesting that anyone having any information regarding the suspect, suspect vehicle, or case to call the Streator Police Department at (815) 672-3111.”