Police searching for suspects accused of putting skimmers on central Ohio ATMs

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The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Westerville and Columbus Police are all looking for a ring of suspects accused of putting skimming devices on ATMs in banks and pharmacies throughout central Ohio this month. 

The type of crime and inconvenience Kelly Coate is all too familiar with.

“If you have an ongoing charge with utilities or whatever it is you have to change all of that,” said Coate.

And the hassles he said, are numerous.

“They don’t print cards on the spot anymore they have to be mailed so you go without your card so if it’s your primary card you’re without for a few days,” he said.

Coate says last month he used an ATM at a local gas station and thought nothing of it until he reviewed his banking activity online.

“I decided to check my account and I saw some charges that I didn’t make so I called the bank and they told me that it happened at the gas station and that it was not the only incident,” said Coate. 

The bank refunded his $400 that the crooks spent and gave him a tip. 

“For example when you go get gas, if you use your debit card don’t use it as a debit card use it as a charge card because then they have your pin. If they have a skimmer of course,” he said. 

Now Kelly Coate and the 3 local law enforcement agencies investigating – hope somebody watching recognizes the suspects before others also find out about their alleged crime spree the hard way.

“I would like to have justice served. If them being on the air which is a great thing and they can be identified and hopefully arrested, that would be a great thing to get another criminal off the street,” he said. 

Huntington Bank is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of the suspects. Call police if you have information. 

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