A homeless man from Chicago was arrested after he allegedly tried impersonating someone else in an attempt to purchase an $87,000 Jeep from a Crystal Lake car dealership.
Richard A. White, 59, who is homeless and had a last known address in Chicago, was charged with attempted identity theft, attempted theft between $100,000 and $500,000, and false personation.
A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court alleges that White “took a substantial step toward the commission” of identity theft on April 1.
He allegedly portrayed himself to be another man in order to obtain an $87,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee at Brilliance Honda in Crystal Lake.
Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Thomas Kotlowski told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that the police report was not completed yet so he did not have any additional details on the case.
Crystal Lake police officers arrested White around 9:20 p.m. on April 1 and transported him to the McHenry County Jail, court records show.
A judge initially set White’s bond at $50,000. The man’s public defender filed a motion requesting White be released on his own recognizance or at a lower bond.
A bond hearing was held on Wednesday but White refused to leave his cell and attend the hearing.
The judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for April 23 and kept White’s current bond in place.