Lack of cooperation from Banks
About 2 years ago I investigated a burglary where a checkbook was stolen. I advised the victim to contact her bank and report the stolen checkbook. She was given a case number and this was given to the bank. I was present when she called the bank and requested that if the checks were used to hold on to them for evidence purposes.
About 2 weeks later I received faxes of the stolen checks. The fax copies were extremely poor (I still don't understand with today's technology, why faxes still look like crap). All the fax copies had a visible ink fingerprint (from the suspect). So natually we contacted the bank and requested the original checks so I could get the fingerprints of the suspect, since I couldn't read the name on the fax copied checks.
The bank's response, "We shreaded them." The dates on the fax copy checks were after when the victim notified the bank, so they knew to hold on to them. So I went off on a poor teller, who had nothing to do with the destruction of evidence.
The bottom line, banks don't like to help law enforcement. I haven't figured out why, but I figure that their logic is that it's easier to pay the victim back a couple of $1,000 dollars instead of investing the time to investigate, and possibly prosecute a criminal.
I guess our high mortgages have to pay for something.
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