During the evening hours of Dec. 2, 2016, the EPPD received a call from a Bremer Bank Loss Prevention Services employee stating they had received an alert notifying them that someone had used eight stolen credit cards at an ATM drive-thru at the Bremer Bank in Eden Prairie to withdraw $2,700.
An hour later, Bremer Bank called again stating that the same man was attempting to use a stolen credit card at the same ATM. The bank’s Loss Prevention employee was able to view live video footage of the ATM and gave police a detailed description of the suspect. Officers arrived but the man already left. During these two encounters the man had withdrawn $6,600 using 17 cards.
Two hours later Bremer Bank called a third time to report the same man was using fraudulent cards at the same ATM. The suspect had used nine cards to withdraw an additional $3,400. Officers responded to the ATM and found a man matching the suspect’s description. The man was arrested and a search warrant was issued to search his hotel room where they found cash and miscellaneous credit cards issued in other people’s names.
The total loss was $10,000 from 21 victims. He has been charged with felony identity theft.
Investigators learned that the man was from New York and that he had been sent to Minnesota for the purpose of withdrawing large sums of money from this particular Bremer Bank ATM. The man is likely part of a larger fraudulent financial card ring operating out of New York.