Police Seek Person of Interest in Attempted ATM Identity Theft

Sea Lakes Ranch Police released surveillance video Wednesday from the store of a man who digs into his pockets and then installs a device on the machine

By Jawan Strader
|  Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012  |  Updated 9:28 PM EDT
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Sea Ranch Lakes Police released surveillance footage of a person of interest they believe could be responsible for installing skimming devices at a Publix ATM. Although authorities believe they found the illegal device in time, they alerted several people who may have used the machine and urged them to contact their bank.

Sea Ranch Lakes Police released surveillance footage of a person of interest they believe could be responsible for installing skimming devices at a Publix ATM. Although authorities believe they found the illegal device in time, they alerted several people who may have used the machine and urged them to contact their bank.

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Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a person of interest they believe may have installed a skimming device on a Publix ATM.

Sea Ranch Lakes Police released surveillance video Wednesday from the store of a man who digs into his pockets and then installs a device on the machine. Police say the device steals personal information and enables the crook to make duplicate copies of credit cards.

“As you slide your credit card through what you believe is your ATM slot, this piece picks up your information prior to the machine itself getting it,” said officer Bill Koch.

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Although police believe they found the skimming device in time, they alerted several people that may have used the machine and urged them to contact their banks.

Kim Nava, who was considered a possible victim, said she believes the Publix was targeted because it is in a “nice area.”

“I never thought, I never thought,” she told NBC 6 South Florida. “I mean I have been coming to this ATM for 10 years.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

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