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Photo via Google Maps, insets courtesy of the NYPD
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Police are searching for this man who installed a skimming device on an ATM in Astoria.

Thieves are using every trick in the book to steal your money and personal identity, including installing card skimmers on ATMs across Queens.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding the latest identity thief to strike the “World’s Borough,” who breached a cash dispenser at a convenience store in East Elmhurst.

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, it was reported to the police that between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., an individual installed a skimming device to an ATM inside of a 7-Eleven located at 87-16 Astoria Blvd., within the confines of the 115th Precinct.

The suspect is described as white, aged 24 to 36 years old and standing 5 foot, 6 inches to 5 foot, 8 inches tall. If caught, the suspect would be brought up on a charge of criminal possession of a forgery device.

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Reports of ATM skimmers have plagued northern Queens, with many residents from Bayside, Douglaston and Little Neck falling victim to this crime. In November, four men from Queens were charged with over 900 counts of grand larceny for stealing people’s identities by installing ATM skimmers around the city.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.


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