Three suspects believed to have skimmed several bank ATMs in the Puget Sound area are in custody following a multi-agency operation targeting fraud.
Skimming is placing devices in ATMs to gather data from other cards, then using that information to make fraudulent withdrawals and point of sale purchases.
The U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Taskforce, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, King County Sheriff’s Office and police officers from Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland and Lynwood joined forces in the surveillance operation that culminated in arrests Saturday.
One suspect in a Newcastle skimming incident was located and arrested in Kirkland.
Two others were followed to a bank ATM in Puyallup, where law enforcement officers watched the men place a skimming device in the ATM and steal money.
Those men are being held at King County Jail on $250,000 bail each.