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article imageTwo thieves use donut gift cards to steal cash from ATMs

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Nov 18, 2011 in Crime
New York - Two Romanian men who were in the United States on journalism visas were arrested after using dozens of Dunkin' Donuts gift cards to steal almost $18,000 in cash. They were able to recode the cards using stolen bank information to act as ATM cards .
They were somehow able to obtain stolen bank information from customers of Chase Bank, Bank of America, HSBC, and Citibank.
They then used Dunkin' Donuts gift cards and turned them into fake ATM cards by using the stolen bank information to recode them.
New York Daily News reports that after the duo were able to steal almost $18,000 back in March from several bank accounts at a Chase Bank in Queens, the bank alerted authorities. They were arrested a short time later with the cash stuffed in their pockets.
Police were able to recover around $17,700 in stolen cash and 66 doctored Dunkin' Donuts gift cards.
Reuters states that on Wednesday, the two men were sentenced to three years in prison.
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