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Man accused of skimming credit cards at gas stations to be held at OCCC

Credit card scanner at gas station. Credit card scanner at gas station.
Araik Davtyan Araik Davtyan

 By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man suspected of skimming credit and debit card numbers at gas stations in the Waikiki area was to be transferred to the custody of the Oahu Community Correctional Center Monday.

Araik Davtyan, 45, is one of three men from California indicted by an Oahu grand jury in March on identity theft charges.  Davtyan had been in Honolulu police custody since last Friday.

Prosecutors say the trio installed devices inside gas pumps that could capture account numbers and personal identification numbers when customers swiped their cards.  They allegedly took the data back to California, where they used it to steal more than $150,000 from half a dozen financial institutions in Hawaii.

One of the suspects is in custody in California facing similar charges.  The third was still at large.

Davtyan is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail. His arraignment at Circuit Court is scheduled for Thursday.

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