NEW YORK --
New York City police say a band of brazen thieves rigged ATM machines to steal account and password information that they later used to swipe a half-million dollars from their victims' bank accounts. Police say the crew installed equipment at two Staten Island Sovereign Bank branches that grabbed information from the magnetic strips on the back of bank cards and captured the personal identification numbers that unwitting customers punched into the ATMs.
Lt. Ruperto Aguilar, head of the NYPD's identity theft squad, says bank surveillance cameras captured images of the three of the thieves, who remain at large.
Authorities say more than 250 people were victimized, but the bank is reimbursing them for all the money that was stolen.
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