Phoenix PD: Thief using electronics to steal money

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The suspect a white male in his 20s with a thin build. By Catherine Holland The suspect a white male in his 20s with a thin build. By Catherine Holland
The suspect a white male in his 20s with a thin build. By Catherine Holland The suspect a white male in his 20s with a thin build. By Catherine Holland
The suspect a white male in his 20s with a thin build. By Catherine Holland The suspect a white male in his 20s with a thin build. By Catherine Holland

Phoenix police need help catching a sophisticated thief they believe is using an electronic device to steal pin numbers at ATMs.

Between June 17 and July 29, police say a man in his 20's with a thin build withdrew money from the accounts of two different victims.

The suspect hit two different ATMs located at Seventh Street and Union Hills and at 34th Street and Bell Road.

Detectives think the thief used a skimming device that slides an ATM card into a skimmer and then reads all of the account information stored electronically on the magnetic strip.

The device can record the personal identification number as it is punched on the ATM keypad.

One victim told police he discovered large withdrawals from his account after checking his online statement.

Anyone who knows anythign about the suspect or the crimes should call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. Spanish speakers can call 480-TESTIGO.

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