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Roseville police discover bank card skimmer and hidden camera

Officers arrested a Bay Area man suspected of installing a card skimmer and hidden camera in a Roseville ATM after a witness reported seeing a suspect poking the machine with a stick the last week.

Peter Adamski, 42, of Hayward was arrested on suspicion of burglary, computer and credit card fraud, the Roseville Police Department announced on social media on Tuesday. He was booked into the Placer County Jail, where he remained in custody.

Police said Adamski’s burglary charge stemmed from an allegation that he entered the bank’s ATM lobby with intent to commit theft.

Thursday morning, officers were called to the bank in the 4000 block of Foothills Boulevard. According to police, an “observant” witness reported that a man was acting suspiciously inside the bank’s ATM lobby, using a stick to push the ATM and lobby ceiling. Officers arrived and did not find the suspicious man, and the ATM showed no signs of damage.

At around 6:45 a.m. the next day, officers were again called to the bank on Foothills Boulevard. They received a report from a man near the bank with the same description of the suspect the day before.

Police said officers arrived and spotted a man, later identified as Adamski, who matched the suspect’s description. Officers approached and questioned him about a block away as he got into his parked SUV.

Officers searched Adamski and his vehicle and found a card skimming device, a small concealed camera and other related items, police said. A card skimmer is a card reader illegally installed on ATMs or other payment points to steal credit card information.

Bank employees checked the ATM and found a skimming device inside, and officers also found a small hidden camera taped with magnets to the ceiling of the ATM lobby, according to the police department. . The camera was pointed at the ATM.

Police said it appeared the suspect was using the camera to record customers’ PIN codes as they used the ATM.

Police have urged everyone to always be alert and aware of your surroundings when using an ATM or paying at a gas pump. The department also offered these theft prevention tips:

Card skimmers can be hard to spot, so watch out for card readers that look loose, have tape on them because they’re temporarily installed on the card reader, or look different from other ATMs or pick-up points. company payment.

If the ATM appears to have been tampered with, do not use it. Notify company employees.

When entering your PIN on an ATM keypad, use your other hand to hide your PIN.

Regularly monitor your credit cards and bank accounts for unauthorized purchases.

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Rosalio Ahumada writes breaking news stories related to crime and public safety for The Sacramento Bee. He is fluent in Spanish and has worked as a journalist in the Central Valley since 2004.