High-Tech Thieves Jury Rigged Gas Pumps to Steal Customers' Identities
The California Attorney General's office announced today that the men -- David Karapetyan and Zhirayr Zamanyan -- pleaded guilty this morning in Contra Costa County Superior Court to felony charges in connection with the gas-pump scheme, which is believed to have affected close to 200 people in Northern California.
Two other defendants are scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 15.
According to the AG's office, the thieves unlocked gas pumps, inserted tiny electronic devices that "skimmed" ATM and gas-card information, and then retrieved the devices. Such devices were discovered in Martinez, Benicia, Livermore, Hayward, Oakland, San Mateo, and Sacramento. You can read the full criminal complaint here.
"In their high-tech crime spree, the gang traveled to gas stations across the Bay Area in a rented Cadillac Escalade," the AG's press release stated.
Damn. The success of its case not withstanding, we give the AG's office full marks for its hard-boiled literary style.
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