ANN ARBOR, MI – A man who got angry when told his direct deposit had not yet been cleared got angry at his bank, throwing a heavy animal trap and pieces of concrete through the windows of the building, police said.
Stephen Lee Wallace, 51, of Chelsea, was arraigned Friday December 4 on two counts of malicious destruction of property after being arrested for allegedly throwing various heavy objects through the windows of Chase Bank in Ann Arbor, according to the Ann Arbor. Police Department.
At approximately 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, December 3, Wallace walked into the bank at 2475 W. Stadium Blvd. where he asked about a direct deposit that he expected to be available in his account, police said.
Wallace was told the deposit had not yet been cleared, which caused him to become frustrated and angry, yelling at employees as he left the bank, police said. Once outside, Wallace apparently uprooted a letterbox, closed the front doors with a guitar string and knocked on the front door, police said.
He then started throwing various objects at the ATM outside before picking up an animal trap with a concrete base and throwing it through the window, police said.
As bank workers called the police, Wallace picked up a piece of concrete and threw it through the drive-thru window before setting off on his bike, police said.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Deputies found Wallace west on Jackson Avenue and arrested him without further incident, police said.
No injuries have been reported and the damage to the bank is estimated at more than $ 10,000, police said.
Wallace is currently free on bail and scheduled for a probable causes conference hearing on Dec. 15 at the 15th Ann Arbor District Court.
If convicted, Wallace faces up to five years in prison and / or a fine of $ 10,000 or three times the value of the damaged property, whichever is greater.
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