May 30, 2016

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Man out $3,500 after setting up bank account with stranger while intoxicated

ELYRIA — An Elyria man told police he is out thousands of dollars after he met a woman in a bar and let her assist him in setting up a bank account while he was intoxicated.

The 64-year-old man said he received a disability check for $25,000 on May 4 and was drinking at Boomer’s bar that day. He said he began to talk to the woman, who he knew only by her first name, and told her he needed a bank account to deposit the check.

He said the woman offered to help him set up an account because he was unsure how to, and the pair went directly from the bar to Fifth Third Bank. The man said he was intoxicated while opening the account, according to a police report.

He said he placed $10,000 into a savings account and $15,000 into a checking account. From the checking account, he took out $5,000 cash and wrote a check for $500 to the bank to cover a previous overdraft, the report said.

On Wednesday of this week, however, he found the checking account balance was only $7,005. The bank told him numerous withdrawals ranging from $30 to $500 and totaling $3,504 had been made. The man told police the woman had helped him change his debit card pin number and he had never received it in the mail, the report said.

The man said he only knew the woman from the bar and knew only her first name. He described her as white with brown hair, in her 50s and 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-6 with a stocky build.