Columbus Police Department detectives are working to determine the identity of a suspect they arrested on Sunday after a card skimming device was located on a Columbus bank ATM.
Officers were sent to the MainSource Bank branch, 803 Washington St., at 6:20 p.m. Sunday after a bank employee found the card skimmer during a routine check of the machine, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.
Officers recovered a small Bluetooth-operated video camera installed above the machine’s key pad, which detectives believe was set up by the suspects to steal PIN numbers from customers.
After viewing security camera footage from the bank, the officers recognized the suspects who were also involved in a credit card fraud case in Columbus last week, Harris said. Officers found one of the suspects at a local hotel where he was arrested, Harris said. Detectives served a search warrant on two rooms at the hotel where they seized an extensive amount of card skimming equipment, Harris said.
Detectives are now working with federal authorities to identify the person arrested at the hotel, Harris said. He is being held on preliminary charges of possession of a card skimming device and possession of a false government identification card. Two additional suspects remain at large.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police department at 812-376-2600.
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