Accused fraudster 'grandma' Brenda Ann Cadell, looked like a man, bank staffer tells cops

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - At first, the bank teller thought it was a man wearing a dark wig.

The customer anxiously handed the bank staffer a driver's license, debit card and check. Then the person told the teller to hurry up, that her grandkids were waiting.

The teller ran the debit card — it had been de-activated in August. The check was from an account that had been frozen for two years.

The person must've sensed the scam unraveling, according to an arrest report. She told the teller to give the stuff back so she could try another bank.

For whatever reason, the would-be fraudster decided to cut her losses. She peeled out of the drive-thru of the Regions Bank at 650 N. Congress Ave. in Delray Beach , police said, leaving behind the check, debit card and driver's license.

It was just before 6 p.m. Tuesday night.

The teller read the plate of the woman's car and forwarded the information to police. It turned out the car had been stolen and that it belonged to a Miramar woman, police said.

Police were also told that the driver of the vehicle was a "possible male, thin build, 30 to 40 years of age and wearing a dark, curly wig," the arrest report said.

Delray Beach police officers caught up with the car as it drove south on Congress Avenue. Another detective had the car in his sights as it passed Atlantic Avenue, approaching Southwest 10 t h Street, where it turned east.

Soon after, the driver tried to turn right on to Southwest 15 t h Avenue, but crashed into a wall.

Three people bailed out of the car. One Delray cop arrested Brenda Ann Caddell, 47, of no fixed address.

Another Delray officer nabbed a man named Stuart Williams, who was charged with resisting arrest.

The third person who jumped from the car was not found, despite the efforts of a Boynton Beach police K-9 unit.

After her arrest, Caddell confessed to trying to pass the bad check, police said. She also told investigators that she had successfully cashed a $1,400 check and was paid $60 for doing so, cops said.

Caddell has been imprisoned 11 times since 1988 in four Florida counties, not including Tuesday's arrest in Palm Beach County , according to Florida Department of Corrections records.

Caddell is also known to use about 25 different aliases.

Her prior convictions include prostitution, cocaine possession, aggravated assault with a weapon, discharging a destructive device and grand theft firearm.

After the Delray Beach bank incident, Caddell was charged with uttering a worthless document, using another person's identity for personal gain and grand theft. She was held in custody in lieu of $3,000 bond.

Staff researcher Barbara Hijek contributed to this report

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