Suspects Sought in ATM Fraud Scheme

Weekend Crime Blotter

The suspects are sought in regard to multiple ATM fraud offences in the District. Photo: MPD/1st District List Serv

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Financial and Cyber Crimes Unit are looking for help identifying and two suspects in reference to multiple Fraud One offenses that happened between Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, March 3.

The suspects used both a skimmer device, which captures data from the magnetic stripe on a debit card, and fake debit cards created with that information to steal money directly from the banks accounts of unsuspecting victims.

They were captured by surveillance camera and can be seen in the photos above.

In the Seventh District, the suspects entered a business on the 1800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and planted a skimmer device on an ATM and fled the scene. They later returned to the location and withdrew US currency from the ATM using fraudulent ATM cards.

In the Sixth District the two went into a business on the 100 block of 45th Street NE and withdrew money from the ATM using fraudulent ATM cards. In the Fourth District they took money from an ATM at 4800 block of Georgia Avenue NW using fake ATM cards.

Anyone with information about this case should not take action themselves. Call the police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s Text Tip Line by sending a text message to 50411.

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC, currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.

In Other News

At 12:32 a.m. Saturday, a man was arrested on the 400 block of Eighth Street NE on charges of Driving Under the Influence (Second Offence).

At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, a woman was arrested on the 1500 block of Benning Road NE on charges of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

Reporting Illegal Activity

Prompt and detailed reporting of suspicious activities helps prevent crime. If a citizen sees suspicious activity, or any activity that seems out of the ordinary, immediately call 911.

When reporting suspicious activity, give an accurate description. Here are some things to include:

  • Brief description of the activity;
  • Date, time and location of the activity;
  • Physical identifiers of anyone you observed;
  • Descriptions of vehicles;
  • Information about where people involved in suspicious activities may have gone;
  • Your name and contact information.

“As we continue to work with our community in the prevention of crime, we ask that if you see something suspicious you contact us immediately,” says First District Commander Morgan C. Kane, MPA.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on March 4th and 5th, 2018 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listserv.