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St. Clair Shores police are looking for a man they believe is involved in installing a device on an automatic teller machine that skimmed thousands of dollars from victims, official said Thursday.

Detectives with the department also released a photo of the man.

Earlier this month, about a dozen users of an ATM machine at the Credit Union One on the 28200 block of Harper in St. Clair Shores found their bank accounts much lighter than expected.

Users would insert cards into the machine and make deposits or withdrawals. Police believe a skimmer device had been placed on the machines, which allowed the people who placed it there to access victims' banking information.

This information would then be put onto fake ATM cards, and the money withdrawn from other ATMs. Victims report being scammed of anywhere from $300 to $1,000.

Officials said it appears the skimming device was installed on the machine on either June 21 or June 22 and the suspect or suspects behind the theft began skimming transactions about a month later.

The investigation is ongoing and St. Clair Shores police ask anyone with information on the scam or who believe they were a victim of the crime to call its detective bureau at (586) 445-5305.

 

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