Thieves Used Skimmers to Steal Bank Info From Manhattan ATMs: NYPD

Police are searching for two men suspected of stealing debit card information from ATM customers inside a pharmacy and a bank in Manhattan and using it to withdraw money from the customers' accounts. 

The pair pictured in the surveillance images released by police allegedly attached skimming devices to an ATM at a CVS at 420 Fifth Ave. in midtown and a Bank of America at 21 E. 96th St. in Carnegie Hill last fall, according to police. 

They then used copied the stolen debit card information to duplicate cards and withdraw money from the victims' accounts at banks in Queens, police said. 

The thefts took place from October through December, with the stolen amounts ranging from $980 to $1,640. 

The surveillance photos were taken from the Queens banks where the suspects made the withdrawals, police said. 

Bank of America didn't say how often they check for skimming devices but said it makes sure customers are notified of any unusual activitiy on their accounts. Customers aren't charged if their accounts are stolen, the bank said. 

Customers at the bank ATM Tuesday said they're aware of the growing problem of skimmer thefts and take precautions when they withdraw money. 

"When I put in my PIN, I put my hand over it," said a customer named Matthew. 

People can also jiggle the card reader to make sure there's no skimming device. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

-- Michael George contributed to this report 

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