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Trial set, bail increased for man accused of skimming credit card info at gas stations

Araik Davtyan Araik Davtyan

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A California man accused of skimming credit and debit card numbers at four gas stations in the Waikiki area last year pleaded not guilty at his Circuit Court arraignment Thursday. Trial was tentatively set for the week of July 11th.

Araik Davtyan, 45, entered his plea via video hook-up from the Oahu Community Correctional Center, where he is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail. A judge earlier increased the bail from $250,000 at the request of prosecutors.

Davtyan is one of three men from California indicted by an Oahu grand jury in March on charges of identity theft. 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.

Co-defendant Akop Tadevosovich Changryan, 27, is in custody in California facing similar charges. The third suspect, Karapet Kalantryan, was still at large.

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