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ID theft suspects busted in credit card-skimming case

SACRAMENTO, CA - It continues to happen.

Three individuals were arrested Thursday on suspicion of identity theft and burglary after a month-long investigation in which detectives with the Sacramento County sheriff's hi tech crimes unit uncovered credit/debit card skimming devices, thousands of credit card numbers, hundreds of bogus California identification cards and numerous counterfeit credit cards.

Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos said most of the skimmers were found on gas station pumps, with the devices undetectable on the front of the pumps. The pump 's front panel would have to be opened to reveal the device, which is easily installed and doesn't set up any kind of alarm and doesn't disrupt service, Ramos said.

Booked into custody on $2 million bail each were suspects Gagik Verdyan, 34; Mihran Hakobyan, 27; and Karine Khachaturyan, 20.

Ramos said detectives were notifying banks and their customers about the stolen credit card numbers and ask that gas station operators check all their equipment. If a suspicious device is found on a gas pump, Ramos said to not remove it and instead call local law enforcement.

Also participating in the investigation were the California Highway Patrol, Sacramento Police Department, San Joaquin Sheriff's Department, and FBI.


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