Card skim suspect arrested

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A MAN has been arrested in connection with a police investigation into a cash card machine scam.

The man, who is a Romanian national, has been questioned by Peterlee CID in relation to a “skimming” device, which is said to have been placed on an ATM machine in Shotton Colliery.

The suspect was arrested in Northampton by Northamptonshire Police, on behalf of their East Durham counterparts and he was then transported to Peterlee Police Station.

Police say a device suspected of being used for “skimming” – which involved copying people’s PIN numbers and then cloning their bank card cards – was placed on the machine.

Officers added that there were no victims of the alleged con, although the machine had been “compromised” and they must now prove that the machine was to be used for this scam.

The man who was arrested has been released on bail by police until next month pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information about the alleged tampering of the machine, which said to have taken place on February 14, is urged to call Peterlee CID on 101.