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Bronx Man Arrested in New Canaan ATM Skimming Scheme

Police say Adrian Abagiu was seeking to install a device at Chase Bank on Main Street that's designed to steal money from ATM users.

New Canaan police arrested a 30-year-old Bronx, NY man by warrant Saturday night after thwarting what they're calling his plan to steal money from ATM users at a local bank.

According to Sgt. Carol Ogrinc, the department’s public information officer, Adrian Abagiu was arrested at 9:45 p.m. and charged with two counts of second-degree criminal attempt at larceny, two counts of third-degree criminal attempt at identity, two counts of criminal possession of an access device to obtain personal identifying information, second-degree forgery and interfering with an officer.

The arrest was the culmination about 10 days’ work among New Canaan police, Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force and Connecticut State Police, Ogrinc said.

Investigators from Chase Bank on Main Street on May 10 told New Canaan police they had video showing that Abagiu was trying to install a so-called “skimming” device at an ATM. The device captures bank account and ATM card information from ATM users. On May 18—last Friday—the Chase investigators say they saw Abagiu trying to install or “test fit” a skimming device for the same ATM.

The following day, Abagiu was put under surveillance, and at about 9:30 p.m. was seen entering a vestibule at the bank. He was taken into custody after leaving the bank and officials say they found an ATM skimming device in his jacket pocket.

Abagiu was held on $250,000 and scheduled to appear May 21 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.

W. H. Taylor May 21, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Rather than jail him for a few months/years, let's cut off his hands, in public, for all to see. These cheats are everywhere, and they're getting more sophisticated by the day. How this clown got into the country in the first place is another subject!!!
Billy Gumdrop May 21, 2012 at 08:25 PM
What a fool. Does not this guy know that all banks have cameras going 24/7? Tell the guy next time to at least use a hat, glasses and handkerchief over his face. Have fun being locked up!
Glen K Dunbar May 22, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I don't know how they do it. But, I have to tip my hat and Thank JPM and the Police for catching this foreign low life thief. I think alot of them from over there are trying this new trick. Be careful at the gas stations outside of New Canaan. Never know. I hear they put them there too. Also, a tip for you all. They say use credit and not debit? Why?? I guess it is easier to catch and correct if damage is done. I use credit and then sweep it right away to pay it off so I am protected BUT I ALSO do not carry a balance.
Billy Gumdrop May 23, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I know how they do it. The police look at the photos........and find out who it is. It's pretty simple.
J.James June 27, 2012 at 11:06 PM
The idea that he might have been born here is beyond comprehension, right? No American citizens commit these crimes. Nothing like a little violent, old testament justice for those that dare step on our toes.

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