Police stake-out leads to skimmer arrest
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

WARSAW – U-S Attorneys in Fort Wayne charged an individual with defrauding a financial institution and possessing access device making equipment.

According to court documents, on or about November 28 through 30 Tirlea Dumitru attempted to execute a scheme to defraud a federally insured financial institution.

Law enforcement was investigating several reports of skimming devices being placed on bank ATMS as well as gas station credit card readers at gas pumps.

The device captures the credit and debit card numbers of unsuspecting victims and stores the numbers. After time the device is removed and the information from the skimming device is used to produce fraudulent credit/debit cards for unauthorized transactions.

A bank in Warsaw, Indiana reported a device on their ATM on November 28th. Law enforcement conducted surveillance on the ATM. Two days later, Dumitru pulled up on the ATM and not having enough time to complete a transaction drove off.

Officers followed, conducted a traffic stop and arrested him. Dumitru, was allegedly identified based on ATM surveillance video, as the individual who placed the device on the ATM.