Detectives need the public’s help in finding two men who planted a card skimmer onto a Glendale bank’s cash machine on two separate occasions last August.
Workers at the Ridgewood Savings Bank located at 65-01 Myrtle Ave. discovered the devices and reported them to the 104th Precinct. At this point, police sources said, no accounts have been reported as compromised as a result of the incidents.
Law enforcement sources said that the two male suspects planted the first skimming device at the location at 8:20 a.m. on Aug. 18, 2018. They then returned to the same ATM at 9:45 p.m. on Aug. 30 and installed the second skimmer.
Card skimmers are typically installed over the slots where customers insert their credit or debit cards into an ATM, are used to record the personal information contained on the cards’ magnetic strips. Thieves use the information retrieved from skimmers to make illegal withdrawals from a victim’s bank account, or to fraudulently open credit card accounts in a victim’s name.
On Feb. 7, the NYPD released security camera photos of the suspects taken at the ATM.
Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA), visit the Crime Stoppers website, send a direct message on Twitter to @NYPDTips or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.
The NYPD advises all to avoid using any ATM that may appear to be broken or malfunctioning, or may have a loose card-reader slot, as it could be a sign that the machine has been compromised. Those who believe they have used a compromised ATM should monitor their bank and credit card statements and report any fraudulent activity.