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Teen arrested in Romanian crime crew ATM scam
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Teen arrested in Romanian crime crew ATM scam

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- Police say an alert bank customer helped bring down a member of a sophisticated crime ring. Henry County Police believe the teen arrested was a member of a Romanian crew scamming hundreds of customers with ATM skimmers.

ATM skimmers have been around from a long time, but last summer police in Henry County told 11Alive's Kevin Rowson they were getting harder to detect. Hundreds of bank accounts were breached. The criminals used a skimming device in addition to a small, sophisticated camera. It allowed them to capture PINs from customers.

On Feb. 14, 2015 a customer at the SunTrust Bank ATM on Jonesboro Road noticed a suspicious device on the ATM. The customer contacted police and they removed the device.

Later that night, officers on patrol saw the teen acting suspicious. When police approached him, they determined he was responsible for the skimming device. Investigators also tied him to the crew responsible for past skimming plots.

A federal investigation is now underway to track down other suspects.

That alert customer kept the crime from becoming successful this time around. The skimmer was in place from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.; no customers' accounts were compromised during that time.

Investigators originally believed the suspect was 18 years old; they later determined he is of an age that would classify him as a juvenile in Georgia. Because of this new information, 11Alive News removed the suspect's name and image from this story.

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