Lathrup Man Charges $20,000 on Stolen Credit Card at the Townsend Hotel

The Birmingham Police Department provided the following information. Arrests do not indicate conviction.

A Lathrup Village man is expected in court this week for a preliminary hearing on fraud charges stemming from a $20,000 bill he racked up at the Townsend Hotel with a stolen credit card last week.

Ryan Michael Greer, 27, is charged with single counts of credit card fraud and obtaining money under false pretenses for the Jan. 19 incident in downtown Birmingham. He remains at the Oakland County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Officers with the Birmingham Police Department arrested Greer without incident in the Corner Bar at about 1:30 a.m., a police report said. He was reportedly with a group of friends and allegedly charged more than $20,000 with a card that didn't belong to him, according to the report.

It was unclear how who alerted police about the fraud, and other details were not immediately available.

Greer has had legal trouble before. Prior to his release in 2011, he served roughly 16 months of a maximum 18-month prison sentence for multiple drug-related convictions in 2010, records show.

Can you imagine what he allegedly purchased at the Townsend Hotel for $20,000? Tell us with a comment.

Clinton Baller January 27, 2014 at 07:29 AM
Why don't you tell us with some reporting?
KH January 27, 2014 at 07:30 AM
I can't imagine wanting $ 20000.00 dollars worth of anything..,. Did he host a party? Sheesh!!!!
Art Aisner (Editor) January 27, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Thanks Clinton, We'll be following up!
Sunrain January 27, 2014 at 11:01 PM
Just listened to fox2. Greer hosted party for 45 friends and also partied at another hotel in Southfield.
Bill Smith January 28, 2014 at 06:08 AM
Do you really think Fox2 has the facts? It was a slow news day.......
Thomas John January 28, 2014 at 06:28 AM
Thanks, C Baller! I have a feeling that someone was fishing for certain types of comments.
Clinton Baller January 28, 2014 at 08:13 AM
Cops and courts is easy. It's like the weather. You stick your head outside (or into the cop shop, or onto an online police blotter, or into a courtroom) and jot down what's happening. That's why every morning, the Patch has another email with crime news at the top. And that's why half of local TV news is crime news. The stuff that really matters ... government, business, education, the environment, the arts ... those are tougher subjects that take tougher, more enterprising news organizations. I read a while back that the Patch is hiring more new "journalists" than any other organization. Not sure if that's still true, but it's a pity that we don't get more substantive news out of it. Worse, we get silly questions like, "what do you think he purchased?" instead of the basic reporting (on an already spoon-fed story) that would answer that question. Can you imagine a reporter for the New York Times putting a question at the bottom of a poorly reported story asking, "What do you think the GOP response to President Obama's proposal was?" Crazy.
Art Aisner (Editor) January 28, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Thanks Clinton, all good points. While police news may be the 'low-hanging fruit,' keep in mind that not all the details we may want or think are relevant to a story are available when we want them, which is pointed out in the post. As someone that has been doing this a long time, I've recognized that there still is value in publishing the details that you do have when there's an item of interest to the community, even though they may be incomplete. As for the comments question, the largest part of Patch's mission, unlike the NYT, is to engage readers in local news and spark local conversations about things that happen around town. Thanks for taking part.
Racer Boy January 28, 2014 at 08:32 PM
I am not certain using the NYT as the pillar of journalism carries much weight any longer....just sayin'
Clinton Baller February 08, 2014 at 09:07 AM
Art... I've given it a couple of weeks, and nothing. Not that I give a crap about this story. What I want to see is reporting. On anything at all of real consequence to Birmingham. Checking the Patch for any news out of Birmingham City Hall -- or the schools, or the County, or anything else, hard or soft -- is a complete waste of time since you've been editor. City Commissioner Stuart Sherman is found by an Oakland County civil jury to have committed embezzlement, and a judge in the case essentially calls him a liar, and it doesn't merit a mention in the Patch? Forget about coverage of the commission, the planning board, the parks board, the library... anything worthwhile. Features out of the schools, the senior center. Substantive reporting on our business community. The Patch showed some promise when Laura Houser was editor; at least she went to the occasional meeting and did some modest reporting. And she frequently published opinion pieces. Art... other than the rotten "low-hanging fruit" dished up every day, and the occasional news release re-write, the Patch doesn't really contribute much to Birmingham. It's a shame, because the Patch under Laura showed some promise. Send me an email when and if the Patch ever decides to really cover Birmingham. (I've given up hoping that it will ever make a difference.) Until then, I'm deleting my bookmark. Total waste of time, as was, I'm guessing, this post.


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