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Bank Teller Helps Saddle Brook Police Nab Maryland Suspect In $20G Thefts

Terrell Hale Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF
Saddle Brook Capital One branch Photo Credit: GoogleMaps

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. -- A quick-thinking bank teller helped Saddle Brook police arrest a Maryland man on fraud charges after they said he pulled $20,000 from victims' accounts at various banks.

Terrell Hale, 25, of Hyattsville was still at the Capital One branch on Market Street when Detective Capt. Vincent Laurentino, Detective Lt. John Zotollo and uniformed officers responded to the call Monday, Police Chief Robert Kugler said.

Hale "presented the teller a fraudulent Maryland driver’s license in an attempt to identify himself as the account holder" while trying to withdraw $1,500, Kugler said.

The license had a valid driver's information -- with Hale's photo, he said.

Hale -- possibly with an accomplice -- "made similar fraudulent withdrawals from other accounts at several additional Capital One locations throughout New Jersey," the chief said.

Detectives were investigating those withdrawals, he said.

"I credit the bank teller who detected something awry in the transaction and immediately questioned its validity," Kugler said. "Who knows how much more money could have been withdrawn?"

Hale was being held on $75,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with forgery, wrongful impersonation and possession of false government documents. He was due in Saddle Brook Municipal Court on Wednesday.

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