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Four honored for bringing down thieves

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BOTHELL -- An observant woman in an ATM line and three Bothell police detectives were honored Thursday for helping bring down a ring of thieves who stole debit and credit card information.
U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, who leads the Western Washington office, praised the four during a brief ceremony at Bothell police headquarters.
The woman, who didn't want her name released, reported suspicious activity involving two men at a Bothell bank in December of 2010. The detectives were able to track down the suspects, Romanian nationals in the U.S. illegally.
A federal investigation later nabbed the ring leader, who has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay more than $350,000 in restitution.
Federal officials estimate the thieves stole more than $1 million through their "skimming" scheme of attaching reading devices to ATM machines that recorded customers' credit and debit card information.
The detectives are Michael Stone, Ryan Odegaard and Jon Caban.
Story tags » BothellPoliceIdentity theft

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