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Bath Police Find Data Skimmers on FirstMerit ATMs

Information provided by the Bath Township Police Department.

Two men from Canada were caught putting data skimming devices on several ATM machines in this area, according to a police report.

On May 3, FirstMerit called Bath police and asked for help searching for the men who put the devices on the machines. Data skimmers, when placed on machines, act as the slot where cards are slid. The devices capture confidential information from the card's magnetic strip and transmits the information via text message.

Two men were seen walking across the Medina Road FirstMerit parking lot and were stopped going into a hotel, the police report said. Their description matched what security cameras on the ATMs captured.

Police arrested Nazim Halil and Abdesselam Kharraz, both 20 years old, from Toronto.

Bath police Chief Michael McNeely said an investigation found the men had placed the skimmers on several FirstMerit machines in the area and he believes the men are tied to an organized effort out of Canada.

The FBI and Secret Service are completing the rest of the investigation and charges are going to federal court, McNeely said. The number of accounts compromised could not be revealed because it is an ongoing investigation, McNeely said.

If you believe your account has been compromised, call 1-888-554-4362.

Kristina D. May 15, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I wonder if it was just First Merit or if other banks were involved...my bankcard number was just stolen last week and I use PNC.
Megan Rozsa May 15, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Hi Kristina, I'm not sure. I'll follow up on that! Thanks for commenting.
Dave Minten May 30, 2012 at 01:04 PM
What a pair of morons!
Dave Minten May 30, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Staying at a hotel across the street from the bank you're defrauding is not the greatest idea is it? Master criminals of the century...

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