ROMULUS, MI – A tow company driver was arrested after he stole bank information from a vehicle that a Pennsylvania woman was killed in on I-275 last year and used it to drain her bank account.
On Saturday May 13th, 2017, Tpr Kane from the Metro South Post responded to a one car rollover crash with an ejection at northbound I-275 and W Huron River Dr in Romulus. The driver, a young woman from Erie, PA was transported to U of M Hospital where she remained in a coma until passing on May 18th. On May 18th, while off duty, the family of the victim called Tpr Kane to inform him that someone was draining the deceased woman’s checking account and sent a list of the unauthorized transactions.
The next day, Tpr Kane started tracking the purchases. He noticed one transaction was from a pizza shop not far from the tow yard that was called to remove the victim’s vehicle from the crash scene. Tpr Kane made contact at the pizza shop and learned that the delivery was to an address nearby.
A check of that address revealed that an employee of the tow company that removed the victim’s vehicle lived there. With assistance from post personnel, they were able to obtain a search warrants for car insurance information, phone records, and ticket info from Michigan International Speedway (MIS). The car insurance, which was paid for with the victim’s bank card, was in the tow truck driver’s name as were the MIS tickets. The phone number used to make the pizza order also came back to the suspect/tow yard employee. It was ultimately determined that the tow yard employee removed the victim’s bank card from her purse, which was inside the vehicle the day of the crash.
A warrant request was submitted to the Wayne County Prosecutor on August 20th, 2017. On April 19th, 2018, a 2-count felony warrant for illegal use of credit card was authorized. Tpr Kane arrested the suspect without incident. The suspect, who was arraigned on April 19th is Joel Leys, 31 years old from Belleville.