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May 25, 2017 11:00 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Police Apprehend Suspect After Discovering ATM Skimmer In Flanders

A skimmer was found attached to an ATM machine at a 7-Elevn in Flanders on Tuesday.
May 31, 2017 9:03 AM

A suspect was apprehended by Southampton Town Police last week after a skimming device that can be used to steal personal information from bank and debit cards was found attached to an ATM at a convenience store in Flanders the day before.

Gabriel Olaru, 30, of Queens and Brasov, Romania, was arrested on May 24 and charged with criminal possession of forgery devices, a felony, and second-degree unlawful possession of a skimmer device, a misdemeanor, according to authorities.

Authorities said they were called to the 7-Eleven on Flanders Road at 10:30 p.m. on May 23 to investigate a possible skimming device. It was determined that such a device was, in fact, attached to the ATM.

Town Police said they worked with multiple law enforcement agencies, including federal agencies, Nassau and Suffolk county police, the New York Police Department, and town and village police departments, and eventually tracked the device to Mr. Olaru, whom police say is also known as Nicolas Moga. Police said Mr. Olaru has been linked to more than 20 similar incidents across Long Island.

Police said the investigation is not over and additional charges are expected.

Authorities ask that anyone with information regarding the case contact Southampton Town Police at 631-702-2230.

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