• Deputies: Two men from Romania accused of skimming Chase ATMs


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Customers who bank at Chase should check their statements closely Monday afternoon.

    Orange County deputies arrested two men over the weekend, Octavian Barbu and Marin Bobre, accused of installing skimming devices at ATMs.

    The devices were found at Chase ATMs near the tourist corridor on Dr Phillips Boulevard and another on East Colonial Drive.

    Deputies said the two men came to central Florida not to visit but to steal money from residents without anyone ever knowing.

    The Orange County Sheriff's Office said Barbu and Bobre were caught in the act at the Chase bank on Dr Philliips Boulevard.

    The two Romanian men blended as Disney tourists when they stayed at a hotel and resort nearby, even renting a car.

    Deputies set up surveillance at the bank after the bank's security company noticed one of the suspects walking up to the ATM and placing a skimming device on the machine.

    Niki Mobley came to Chase Monday because she had more than $300 in fraudulent charges from over the weekend.

    "Saturday is when I got an email on my cellphone saying I had insufficient funds," Mobley said.

    Deputies said the criminals didn't have to spend a long time at the ATM to hook up the device. They used something as simple as double sided tape to make the skimming device stick on the ATM.

    "I'm surprised it's that easy," Dr Phillips resident Marcio Fonseca said.

    Deputies were able to catch one of the suspects when he came back to get the device and arrested him in the parking lot.

    Coincidentally, the suspect's accomplice was arrested the same night when deputies saw him walking through the same parking lot.

    Both suspects are being held at the Orange County jail without bond because they're considered flight risks.

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