Posted: Jan 17, 2013 6:44 PM
Updated: Jan 17, 2013 7:04 PM
McALLEN - Police on Wednesday uncovered a crime of proportions rarely seen in the Rio Grande Valley, officials said.
Officials said Jose Luis Cardenas and Pedro Carrillo Torres, both 24, used cloned credit cards to empty ATM machines throughout the Valley over the weekend. Police said the suspects used electronic equipment to stamp stolen credit card numbers onto cards.
Police said the suspects, both Mexican nationals, used about 1,000 cards to steal money from the ATM machines.
McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said the suspects' greed may have been their downfall.
"The only reason we're here is because banks detected suspicious activity, abnormal activity at their ATMs," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said the investigation started Monday after all the money was withdrawn from some ATMs.
Officials showed the scanners, computers and cards the men used to commit the crimes.
Rodriguez said the suspects may not be the masterminds behind the crimes.
"They're doing the easy part of this," he said.
The U.S. Secret Service joined the investigation, Rodriguez said.
Federal agents said they had never seen a credit card scheme this sophisticated.
Police used surveillance video to identify the suspects' vehicle.
Rodriguez said a police officer on his way home noticed the suspects' vehicle at a bank on 23rd and Quince streets. Officers converged on the scene an arrested the suspects.
Officers found more than $200,000 in the vehicle.
Police said they are looking for a third suspect. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call McAllen Crime Stoppers at 956-687-8477.