A man with a record of assaulting woman, stalking woman and trying to drug women for sex was charged Tuesday with more than 200 counts of fraud, forgery and identify theft.
Robert W. Gross, 59, is accused of stealing three credit cards from two real estate agents with whom he had set up appointments to see houses. He told the agents, both women, that he was wealthy. One showed him houses along the shoreline and another homes in West Hartford.
In one case, one of the agents later told police, she was alone with Gross in the basement of an empty house when she got what she described as a “strange feeling.” She told Gross she would wait for him outside. She later dodged Gross’ calls and text message, she told police, because she was concerned.
In Gross’ 27-year criminal record, he has been convicted of exposing himself while holding a knife in front of a female real estate agent and calling a female interior decorator to his house, grabbing her and clamping his hand over her mouth before she escaped. He also has served time for scheming to molest a financial consultant and two other professional women in Vernon.
More recently, Gross was in prison for probation violations and stalking convictions after acting on his compulsion for women in professional attire and their feet, in Buckland Hills Mall. He approached one woman in a department store, telling her she had beautiful feet; she fled. In another instance, he was found on his hands and knees admiring a woman’s feet. He claimed he was looking for shoes.
In a confession to Vernon Det. Steve Sartor, Gross acknowledged stealing the credit cards from the real estate agents, according to the warrant. He told Sartor he had lost his job and needed to support himself.
Gross is already jailed on credit card theft charges from other communities.
Vernon Det. Don Skewes wrote in the warrant for Gross’ arrest that Gross made fraudulent charges in excess of $13,000. He faces 72 counts of identity theft, 72 counts of credit card fraud, 72 counts of second-degree forgery and a single count of third-degree larceny.
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Police say that Oakland resident Monisha Sparks could face charges of assault with a deadly weapon and a host of other charges, including forgery, when she is arraigned today at the Fremont Hall of Justice in connection with a Wednesday evening case at Lucky on Mowry Avenue.
Police said Sparks was at the grocery store about 5 p.m. when she tried to pass a forged travelers check, one supposedly drawn on the same account being investigated with a similar incident in recent weeks, said Fremont police Detective Bill Veteran.
When the cashier went to notify store security security agents, who ironically were in the middle of investigating the earlier forgery case — the woman ran out of the store and got into a red 2008 Toyota Corolla, Veteran said.
Security guards followed her. As they tried to coax the woman from her vehicle through her open driver’s door, Sparks put the car into reverse and the door hit the security guard, Veteran said, recounting what’s written in the police report.
The security officer was knocked to the ground and later was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.
The woman then continued to ram a parked car nearby as she tried to flee before police arrived.
The store manager tried to grab the keys from the ignition, but gave up when the driver tried to bite him on the hand, Veteran said.
Another person eventually removed the keys before officers arrived and arrested the woman.
Police said another woman fled the scene before officers arrived. She is not being sought for any crimes, they said.
AIKEN, S.C Nov. 28, 2007– A bank teller had a million reasons to deny this transaction.
Police say a man offered a $1 million bill and tried to open an account. The employee refused and called police while the man started to curse at bank workers, said Aiken County Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Michael Frank.
Alexander D. Smith, 31, of Augusta, Ga., was charged with disorderly conduct and two counts of forgery, said Frank.
The second forgery charge came after investigators learned Smith bought several cartons of cigarettes from a nearby grocery store with a check that had been stolen in a burglary earlier in the day. Other charges could be pending .Smith has a bail hearing scheduled Wednesday, but Deputy Angela Shunn of the Aiken County Detention Center did not know if he had an attorney.
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