Boca Raton police arrest report showed that a small camera and a credit card skimmer assisted a man steal almost $85,000 from Chase Bank ATM customers in a tri-county crime spree.
38-year-old Omar Pulido-Sanchez is the man who succeeded in stealing more than 300 ATM customers card information from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. He utilized 10 skimmers placed over legitimate card slots to obtain the credit or debit card information.
Prior to this case, 103 skimmers were found at 7,571 gas stations which were inspected by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The agency told in the month of May that the devices are widespread at gas stations.
This issue is not only faced by individuals of Florida counties, it is also a huge problem in South Florida. There were 16 skimmers in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County is at the 2nd number with 11 skimmers.
The issue forced Gov. Rick Scott sign a law which increased the penalty from 5 to 15 years for those who obtain information of cards and use them to steal money.
Pulido-Sanchez will now face the increased penalty as he was taken into custody on Thursday.
He was seen by a Chase Bank investigator around 11 a.m. as he was installing a skimming device on the Chase Bank ATM at the corner of Glades Road and Lyons Road. Almost after an hour, he used what investigators determined to be a counterfeit credit card to test the skimmer.
Surveillance on Pulido-Sanchez was set up by the Boca Raton police who was sitting in a minivan across the street. The police took him into custody after observing him for about 30 minutes.
It is shown by a report that investigators found credit cards with different names and a homemade prying tool along with the Colombian ID.
A pin-hole camera was found by the cops on the ATM above the keypad to capture pin numbers and a skimmer glued over the card slot. It is revealed by the report that the device had been used on 6th, 10th and 11th of June and it gathered details of 176 cards.
Pulido-Sanchez is in Palm Beach County Jail on a $70,500 bond and he is charged with:
- Driving without a license
- Computer crime charges
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