Darien police arrest man on multiple charges for alleged ATM skimming
DARIEN -- Darien Police charged a New London man with multiple counts of identity theft, larceny and credit card fraud after bank employees reported the use of an ATM skimming device.
At approximately 8:45 p.m. on June 20, the Darien Police Department responded to the Bank of America located at 7 Sedgwick Ave. Bank personnel claimed an ATM skimming device was placed on the ATM at that location. A skimming device is an electronic reader used to illegally capture credit card and ATM card information as well as PIN numbers associated with the card.
Members of the Darien Police Department and members of the Connecticut Financial Crimes Unit conducted a surveillance of the bank and subsequently observed a white male wearing a camouflage shirt acting suspiciously in the area. Police said the male attempted to elude them but was eventually detained in the area of Old King's Highway North and Brookside Road.
The male, later identified as Ahmet Cilek, 45, of 18 Walden Ave., New London, is familiar to law enforcement and perpetrated similar crimes in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Police said Cilek has an extensive criminal history in Virginia, New York and Connecticut.
Det. Mark Cappelli said police had not yet confirmed if Cilek is connected with other fraudulent ATM withdrawal cases in the area.
He was charged with two counts of conspiracy to identity theft, unlawful reproduction of a credit card, fraudulent use of an automated teller machine, third-degree criminal attempt to commit larceny and unlawful use of a scanning device.
CILEK was unable to post a $100,000 bond and was transported to Stamford Superior Court. Cilek's next court date is scheduled for June 30.
Police said pin numbers have not yet been reported stolen.
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Anyone with further information, or thinks that they may have fallen victim to this incident is asked to contact the Darien Police Department Detective Bureau at 203-662-5330.