Two men have been arrested in Rancho Mirage for attempting to nab bank customers’ ATM card account information by attaching a skimming device to an ATM at Chase Bank, officials reported.
Officers from the Rancho Mirage Police Department showed up to the bank located at the corner of Bob Hope Drive and Gerald Ford Drive in response to a skimming device being used at the bank’s ATM, Sgt. Andrew Nielson stated in a written report.
Investigators began surveillance on the bank and noticed two males, who had been frequenting the bank throughout the day, approach the bank and remove a device from the ATM.
Chase and investigators are working in tandem to identify all of the users who used the ATM during the time the skimming device was in place. No customer’s information appears to have been compromised.
Sgt. Borja said these kinds of devices can be hard to recognize and even law enforcement’s trained eyes don’t always recognize them immediately due to varying ATM’s and the differences in each one.
“People can look to see if any items in and on the ATM are loose, have a different color paint or texture or small holes in the framing above the keypad,” Sgt. Borja further explained.
The two suspects, 43-year-old Cerritos resident Timothy Vaughn and 32-year-old Hesperia resident Jonathan Aguilar were arrested at the bank and subsequently booked into the Indio Jail on charges of burglary, theft of credit information, conspiracy and identity-theft related charges, Sgt. Nielson added.
Anyone with additional details regarding this ongoing investigation is urged to call Investigator Freeman at 760-836-1600 or 760-836-3215.