Ryan Michael Greer (Birmingham police)
Birmingham — Welcome to the Cross Bar Hotel, your cell awaits.
Birmingham police have arrested a 27-year-old Lathrup Village man who allegedly used stolen credit cards to run up a $20,000 tab at the upscale Townsend Hotel on Jan. 18 and 19.
According to Lt. Michael Albrecht, while living large in the hotel’s presidential suite, the suspect, Ryan Michael Greer, also ordered 15 bottles of Dom Perignon sent up to his room.
“Mr. Greer was entertaining 25 to 45 people in his suite,” Albrecht said.“He also went down to the Corner Bar, where he ran a tab of over $10,000 in one evening.”
Located in the Townsend Hotel, the Corner Bar’s website identifies itself as having a “chic New York ambiance” as well as an “impeccable selection of exclusive wines and champagnes ... as well as scotch, gin, vodka and beer from around the world.”
According to the Townsend’s menu, a bottle of DP goes for $300.
“On January 19th he attempted to pay with a couple of credit cards,” Albrecht said.“It was then that the hotel alerted us to a possible fraud taking place. We arrested him in the bar where he was buying rounds of shots. He offered no resistance.”
Greer was arraigned on two charges: obtaining services under false pretenses, a possible 15-year-felony, and fraudulent use of a financial transaction device, which carries a possible five-year sentence.
According to Albrecht, Greer has had prior contact with police but only for misdemeanors.
Unable to post a $100,000 cash/surety bond, Greer is currently housed at the Oakland County Jail where the drink of choice is orangeade in paper cups.