The local branch of
Chase Bank, 109 Broadway, has refused to release video surveillance tape to
the Chesterton Police Department, after a bank customer reported losing his
wallet, presumably while at the bank.
police, at 10:09 a.m. Monday the bank customer, a Chesterton resident, made
three deposits, then left the bank. About an hour later he stopped at a gas
station and realized his wallet was gone.
Believing that he’d
left the wallet on the counter at the bank, he returned to Chase and asked
whether the manager might review surveillance video. “He was informed that
viewing the video would require a police inquiry,” police said.
accordingly called the CPD and an officer duly responded to Chase and asked
to see the video in question. Instead the officer was given the number for
Chase Bank Security and “informed that the dissemination of video is not a
branch-level decision,” police said.
At 4 p.m. Monday
the officer made contact with the customer, who said that he still hadn’t
found his wallet and so had already obtained a new driver’s license and
canceled two credit cards and a debit card. The customer also indicated that
he “is going to exercise some vigilance over his credit history for the next
few months,” police said.
By that point--5
p.m. on the East Coast--Chase Bank Security was closed for the day, so the
officer called on Tuesday, at which time he was told that releasing the
video to the CPD “would require a subpoena,” essentially putting the kibosh
on any further inquiry.
“I had a discussion
with the complainant and explained that a subpoena must be based on
articulatable facts and circumstances that would lead one to believe a crime
was committed, rather than on a hunch or a mere suspicion or to ‘rule out’
the possibility that it was stolen,” the investigating officer stated in his
report. “He said he understood and that he did not need anything further