Sacto 9-1-1
July 24, 2011
Two arrested for planting ATM skimmer at Citrus Heights bank

Citrus Heights police recovered an ATM card reader and burglary tools at a Citrus Heights bank early today after arresting two suspects.

Armen Babayab, 37, and Norik Havhannisyan, 50, were booked on counts of identification theft, conspiracy, grand theft, burglary and committing a crime while out on bail. Both subjects had been released on bail for a similar crime in Elk Grove, according to the Citrus Heights Police Department.

Citrus Heights police reported that they responded to an ATM alarm at a Chase bank on the 7000 block of Auburn Boulevard shortly after 1 a.m. Police detained the two as they were leaving the area and discovered the ATM's card reader had been replaced with another device.

ATM skimming devices, illegally installed into ATM machines and then retrieved later, record data, including PIN numbers, from the cardholder's account. That information is then used to create duplicate ATM cards to access accounts fraudulently.

Citrus Heights police encourage the public to be diligent in reviewing their bank statements and to report any irregularities to their financial institutions.

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