New York man suspected of using card skimming device in southern Indiana

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A New York man was arrested in southern Indiana on Wednesday and charged in connection with a string of fraudulent withdrawals.

Columbus Police officers received a tip around 7 a.m. that Claudiu Mihai, 23, of New York, was at the ATM machine in the 3500 block of West Jonathan Moore Pike. A witness saw Mihai at the machine and thought the amount of time he'd spent there was suspicious. When officers responded to the ATM, Mihai ran.

He was caught a short time later with $1,100 in cash as well as gift cards that "appeared to be reprogrammed into debit cards utilizing the victims' bank account information."

Columbus Police detectives are urging southern Indiana residents to monitor their bank accounts. They've received several reports this week of apparent fraudulent withdrawals, and all those who reported suspicious activity on their accounts said they were in possession of their debit/credit cards, meaning a card skimming device was likely being used to duplicate their information.

Mihai is being held at the Bartholomew County Jail as investigators continue sifting through additional reports. More charges are likely, Columbus Police said.

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