String Of Citywide Illegal ATM Withdrawal ‘Skimming’ Comes To Park Slope

String Of Citywide Illegal ATM Withdrawal ‘Skimming’ Comes To Park Slope
Courtesy of NYPD
One suspect has been identified as 36-year-old Atanasiu Bogdan-Valentin. (Courtesy of NYPD)

Police are searching for two suspects who are involved in a string of unauthorized citywide  ATM withdrawals that has hit Park Slope.

According to police between August 24 and November 1, two suspects used a skimming device in order to duplicate victim’s personal information. A device was found in an ATM machine at New York Methodist Hospital located at 506 6th Street in Park Slope.

New York Methodist was one of a list of hospitals that were targeted during the four-month span, which include:

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering located at 1275 York Avenue in Manhattan.
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital located at 525 East 68th Street in Manhattan.
  • Jamaica Hospital Medical Center located at 8900 Van Wyck Expressway in Queens.

Police who have identified one of the two suspects as 36-year-old Atanasiu Bogdan-Valentin.

Courtesy of NYPD
The second suspect, who has not yet been identified. (Courtesy of NYPD)
Suspect 2
The second suspect. (Courtesy of NYPD)

The second suspect, who has not yet been identified, is described as an adult male with a mustache and was last seen wearing a green hat, green shirt, green jacket and dark framed glasses.

This is not the first incident involving an ATM skimming devices in Brooklyn. According to authorities in July a suspect illegally withdrew a total of $13,674.67 from several ATM’s in Downtown Brooklyn, Fort Greene, and Bay Ridge.

It is unknown if these cases are related.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting your tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Police say all calls are confidential.


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