A man wanted in Harford County on fraud charges and suspected of duping people out of money by posing as a Baltimore Blast soccer representative was arrested yesterday in Highlandtown by city police while he drove a car reported as stolen, a Baltimore police spokesman said.
After he was pulled over about 4:30 p.m., an investigation revealed that Bruce Craig Schriver, 44, of Leswood Court in Edgemere was wanted by Harford authorities for failure to appear in court on charges of credit-card fraud, said Detective Derrick Leyton of the Baltimore's Southeastern District detective unit.
Leyton said that Schriver also is charged in a warrant with stealing his mother's car, that he was driving with a suspended license and that he had several traffic charges against him when stopped. Leyton said Schriver is on probation for credit-card fraud.
As of last night, Leyton said Schriver had been charged in Baltimore with driving with a suspended license and was being held at the Central Booking and Intake Center downtown.
Donny Moses, a city police spokesman, said an investigation after the arrest revealed that Schriver is suspected of posing as a representative of the soccer team and persuading several Highlandtown businesses to contribute money to the team. Moses said the businesses gave more than $1,600.
Moses said police are also investigating whether Schriver might have posed as a BGE employee and tried to dupe several elderly Southeast Baltimore residents.
Leyton said that when Schriver was arrested, he was wearing a black T-shirt with "FIREFIGHTER" emblazoned on the front.
Leyton said that anyone recognizing the man and who might have been duped by him should call Southeastern District detectives at 410-396-2429. "He's a smooth talker," Leyton said.