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Palos Heights police nab man for identity theft, stealing check

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A Justice man was charged with identity theft last week after he allegedly stole a $25,000 check and created a bogus account in the victim’s name.

Darryl Weekly, 35, was charged June 22 with one count of identity theft.

Police said they took a report on May 11 from the victim who was expecting a check to arrive in the mail.

Police said Weekly intercepted the check and opened a bogus checking account in the victim’s name at a banking institution in Palos Heights.

The stolen check (worth over $25,000) was later allegedly deposited by Weekly into that account at an ATM.

Police said multiple charges were made on the fraudulently opened checking account before the victim became aware the check had been intercepted.

After police issued multiple search warrants for bank records, and video, Weekly was allegedly identified as being responsible for a majority of the withdrawals. Police said he made 16 withdrawals and took over $7,000.

Police said they identified Weekly from his vehicle and unique tattoos that were visible that matched the suspect who had been captured on video.  Cell phone records also allegedly placed Weekly at all the locations known.

After his arrest, Weekly was taken to the Bridgeview Courthouse for a bond hearing.

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